The practice of bloodletting

The monks of Burton Abbey chose Sinai Park House for its rest and recuperation retreat after bloodletting treatment.

Bloodletting originated in ancient Egypt. It then spread to Greece, where physicians believed that all illnesses stemmed from an overabundance of blood, or plethora.

In medieval Europe, bloodletting became the standard treatment for various conditions, from plague and smallpox to epilepsy and gout. Practitioners typically nicked veins or arteries in the forearm or neck, sometimes using a special tool featuring a fixed blade and known as a fleam. If you got lucky, leeches might perform the gruesome task in place of crude instruments.


Healing Waters at Sinai Park House

Healing waters of Sinai

The ancient healing spring at Sinai offers visitors rest and recuperation.

The people that shaped our history

Learn about the people that made Sinai Park House what it is today.

History of Hunting at Sinai Park House

Sinai used as a hunting lodge

Located in a deer park, the Pagets used Sinai Park House as their hunting lodge.

The History of Sinai Park House

A site of historic importance

Discover more about Sinai's rich history and how it has developed since the 1200s.