SJ8898 : Bridge over the Moat at Clayton Hall

taken 5 years ago, near to Droylsden, Tameside, Great Britain

Bridge over the Moat at Clayton Hall
Bridge over the Moat at Clayton Hall
Access to Clayton Hall was (and still is) via this twin-arched masonry bridge over the moat (which is now dry). The bridge, which is constructed of coursed square sandstone, over two segmental stone arches, is thought to date from the 17th century when it was built to replace an earlier wooden structure. The bridge is a Grade II listed building (English Heritage Building ID: 387909 LinkExternal link British Listed Buildings)
Clayton Hall
Clayton Hall is a Grade II* listed manor house (English Heritage Building ID: 387908 LinkExternal link British Listed Buildings), partly 15th and partly 17th century. It is a rare example of a moated, medieval site; the rectangular island measuring about 66m x 74m which forms the moated site of the original hall (and a late-14th/early-15th century chapel in the north-west corner that was demolished in the early 18th century) is a scheduled Ancient Monument (LinkExternal link National Heritage List for England). The Hall site is hidden by trees within the small but well used Clayton Park LinkExternal link , at the side of Ashton New Road.

The original hall was built for the Clayton family in the 12th Century. It was rebuilt in the 15th century with either a quadrangular plan or one with three wings. It was mostly demolished when a new house was built in the 17th century. Additions were made in the 18th century and the hall was restored in 1900.

Externally the building is finished mainly in red brick, with some square-panelled timber framing at first floor level. Viewed from the front, the right hand section is the older part of the building, dating back to the 15th century and altered in the 16th and 17th century. Until recently, it was occupied by private tenants. Rooms in the later part of the building have been dressed in Victorian style and the hall is advertised as a “Living History Museum” LinkExternal link .

The hall is now owned by Manchester City Council and is open to the public on the third Saturday of each month (and Heritage Open Days), under the auspices of the Friends of Clayton Park.

For more information:
LinkExternal link Friends of Clayton Park
LinkExternal link Wikipedia
LinkExternal link National Heritage List for England
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Date Taken
Saturday, 13 September, 2014   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 17 September, 2014
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Park and Public Gardens  Suburb, Urban fringe 
Camera (from Tags)
Panasonic DMC-G3 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8813 9853 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:29.0011N 2:10.8204W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8811 9851
View Direction
East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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English Heritage  Grade II  Listed Building  Trees  Moat  Masonry  Seventeenth Century  17th Century  Stone  Arched  Bridge 

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