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Breadsall Priory in December 2005.
A line drawing of Breadsall Priory, by Francis S. Darwin's daughter Violetta H. Darwin (1826–1880).

Breadsall Priory is a former priory in Derbyshire. A house of the Friars Eremites, founded, it is said, by the Dethick family, about the middle of the 13th Century, and subsequently converted into an Augustinian priory.

Following the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1536 the site was granted by the Crown to the Duke of Suffolk. Since then there have been numerous owners of the estate including Sir John Bentley who built the Elizabethan house in the late 16th century. Subsequent extensions and alterations by architect Robert Scrivener in about 1861, and a new wing in 1906 greatly enlarged the property.

The physician and poet Erasmus Darwin, grandfather of Charles Darwin, moved there shortly before his death in 1802 and his son Sir Francis Sacheverel Darwin (1786 - 1859) lived there subsequently. Sir Francis' son Edward Levett Darwin, author of under the pseudonym High Elms of the Gameskeeper's Manual, learnt natural history in its grounds.

Later, Derby industrialist Sir Alfred Seale Haslam (1844-1927), (Mayor of Derby 1890/91,[1] Member of Parliament for Newcastle under Lyme 1900/6) acquired the house. His son Eric Seale Haslam was High Sheriff of Derbyshire in 1937.

It is currently a Marriott hotel with two 18 hole golf courses, one set in mature parkland called the Priory Course, and the other set in moorland surroundings called the Moorland Course.[2]

The house has grade II listed status. The nearest villages are Breadsall, Little Eaton and Morley.


  1. ^ ‘HASLAM, Sir Alfred Seale’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, 1920–2007; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2007 accessed 19 July 2008
  2. ^ Hotel website

Coordinates: 52°58′07″N 1°26′08″W / 52.96862°N 1.43564°W / 52.96862; -1.43564



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