SJ8898 : Polly-do-you-remember?

taken 3 years ago, near to Droylsden, Tameside, Great Britain

Located in the grounds of Clayton Hall SJ8898 : A Bee in the grounds, Polly-do-you-remember? was created by: Caroline Greyling

"The quilted design is a reference to the Old Hall Quilters and their sharing of stories. Images recall forgotten histories and reference the fabric of this medieval building, former home to the founder of Chetham's Library, Humphrey Chetham. Polly also represents the worker bees, and the link with the outstanding contribution of the volunteers at Clayton Hail, recognised in the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service in 2018."

It is sponsored by Age-Friendly Manchester, Manchester Health & Care Commissioning.

"In 2010 Age-Friendly Manchester (AFM) gained accreditation with the World Health Organisation, and Manchester became the first UK city to join their global network of Age-friendly Cities. AFM works with a wide range of community groups to make this city a better place in which to grow older, and in turn, improve.the lives of older people. "
Bee in the City

The city’s worker bee motif has been part of the city’s heraldry for more than 150 years as an emblem of the industrious Mancunian spirit. During 2017, it took on an even more powerful meaning as a symbol of unity following the tragic events of May 22 LinkExternal link .

Bee in the City was a large scale public art event which took place in Manchester between 23 July and 23 September 2018. More than 100 large, fibreglass bee sculptures were placed at the city’s landmarks and some lesser known “undiscovered gems”. Each of the bees, which stand 1˝ metres in height, was decorated with its own unique design, created by regional professional, emerging and amateur artists to celebrate the unique buzz of Manchester, from its industrial heritage to its vibrant music scene (LinkExternal link Bee in the City website).

At the end of the event, the majority (77) of the bees were auctioned to raise funds for the We Love MCR Charity LinkExternal link . All 131 little Bees created by children and young people as part of the Learning Programme were returned to the schools and youth groups that designed them.

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
Tuesday, 28 August, 2018   (more nearby)
Thursday, 13 December, 2018
Geographical Context
Park and Public Gardens  People, Events 
Person (from Tags)
Caroline Greyling  Humphrey Chetham 
Date (from Tags)
2018  2010 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8812 9856 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:29.0173N 2:10.8295W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8812 9856
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South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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