Norton Lees Ln, Meersbrook, Sheffield S8 9BE
Apocryphally built by two brothers, who each went on to become bishops, Bishops’ house is a listed building which is run by Museums Sheffield and operated by the Friends of Bishops House. In fact the brothers were from the Blythe family who occupied the house in its early years, but the brothers predated the house by some time.
As one of only three timber framed buildings remaining in Sheffield, it is of historical significance, and has been restored for educational use. Museums Sheffield maintains information boards and displays of objects of historical significance from around the time of its build in 155a in the reign of Mary Tudor, up to the late Jacobean period, during which time it was a yeoman’s farmhouse. From then it became a cottage for tenant farmers, still at the time in the Derbyshire village of Norton Lees. The Sheffield Corporation took over the house in the 1890s as part of the incipient Meersbrook Park, maintaining it as a house for gardeners, and splitting it into two properties, until 1974 when the conversion into a museum began.
Today Bishops House stands on the edge of Meersbrook Park, with its acres of beautiful parkland, in the south of the city near the district of Heeley, but schoolkids from around Sheffield are bussed in to see this architectural gem. It is open to the public too, with free admission on weekends between ten am and four pm. A visit would typically last for half an hour, with many families opting to take advantage of the park play facilities thereafter.
As well as a museum, Bishops House is now popular as a venue for small weddings, as the main hall is a licensed venue which can hold up to 36. Of course the property itself and the nearby park are ideal for wedding photography.