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Whinfell Quarry Gardens in Whirlow were Grade II listed in 1999 by English Heritage. As its name suggests, it was designed in the grounds of an unused flagstone quarry and due to its sheltered location it creates a humid environment for a number of plants. The early twentieth century gardens have a landscaped limestone rock garden designed by renowned horticulturist Clarence Elliott. The land was leased by Sheffield industrialist Samuel Doncaster in 1897 who oversaw the building of Whinfell House, a half timbered dwelling in 1902, and two gardens. The land passed to Frederick Neill (the first High Sheriff of Hallamshire) in 1933 before being acquired by the city council in 1968. The house remained in private ownership but was destroyed by fire in 1971. The gardens today are tranquil and dense, paths weave through the flora and pools and the grounds are well managed.