Located just to the west of Doncaster, Cusworth Hall was once the home of the Wrightson family (sometimes referred to as the Battie-Wrightsons) until 1952. For many years a striking seat of local influence, the building began a new chapter in 1967 when it opened as a museum by Doncaster Council, focussing on some of the industrial story of the local area.
Often described as a jewel in Doncaster’s crown, Cusworth Hall is a stunning Grade I listed building that is nestled among many acres of parkland, just to the south west of the twin villages of Cusworth and Scawsby. Originally built between in the 1740s by local land owner William Wrightson, recent refurbishments to the house have helped transform the property into Heritage Doncaster’s social history museum.
Home first to the Wrightsons, and subsequently the Battie-Wrightsons, Cusworth Hall was home to the same family for over 200 years before it was sold to the town council following the death of Robert Cecil Battie-Wrightson, the main heir to the estate’s fortunes, as his sister was unable to meet the levied duties caused by his passing.
Officially opening in 1967, the Museum of South Yorkshire sought to tell the story of the county and the local history of Doncaster in particular. Extensive renovations carried out between 2002 and 2007 restored parts of the building to their former glory, with a rebranding leading to the museum’s specialist focus on social history.
From working and socialising, through to building and setting up home, our collections reflect the daily lives of people in the town from the 18th century when the house was built, right up to the present day.
Visitors to the free attraction can step inside the Hall’s Great Kitchen, getting an idea of how the many feasts were prepared, and by contrast see the stunning paintings on the private chapel’s ceiling.
Once a magnificent country house filled to the brim with original Georgian furniture and décor, today Cusworth Hall’s collections have made it more suited to a country style museum that displays artefacts from many Doncaster inhabitants throughout the years.
Open to the public throughout the year, the historic parkland surrounding Cusworth Hall is the perfect location for picnics, walks with the dog, or family days out.
For people in the area looking for a calm day out with kids, a trip to the museum along with its surrounding outbuildings such as the bar and park locations allows for a fantastic experience for all. Whether visitors are Doncaster locals, or simply visiting the area, Cusworth Hall is an accessible piece of history that offers something exciting for people of all ages.
Children’s play areas and a larger playing field can also be found and used within the environs of the park and there are also a variety of walking trails that can be followed on maps available from the Hall reception.
The relatively large playground at Cusworth is located next to the car park. There is a range of play equipment for children of all ages, from toddlers up to older children. Even moody teenagers may find things there to keep them occupied. Benches are provided for parents to sit on while their kids are burning off their energy.
Cusworth Hall is located two miles north west of Doncaster and is signposted from both the A1 and A638. The museum has full disabled access throughout.