Clayton Hall :: Shared Description

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
by David Dixon
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22 images use this description:

SJ8898 : Bridge at Clayton Hall by David Dixon
SJ8898 : The grounds of Clayton Hall by Gerald England
SJ8898 : A Bee in the grounds by Gerald England
SJ8898 : Clayton Hall by David Dixon
SJ8898 : Flies buzzing on a Bee by Gerald England
SJ8898 : Bridge over the Moat at Clayton Hall by David Dixon
SJ8898 : Polly-do-you-remember? by Gerald England
SJ8898 : Entrance to Clayton Hall by David Dixon
SJ8898 : Clayton Hall by Gerald England
SJ8898 : A Victorian Drawing Room at Clayton Hall by Gerald England
SJ8898 : Clayton Hall Moat by Gerald England
SJ8898 : Clayton Hall bell cote by Gerald England
SJ8898 : Victorian Kitchen, Clayton Hall by David Dixon
SJ8898 : Clayton Hall Moat by Gerald England
SJ8898 : Clayton Hall Garden by Gerald England
SJ8898 : Clayton Hall by David Dixon
SJ8898 : Victorian Drawing Room at Clayton Hall by David Dixon
SJ8898 : Clayton Hall moat by Gerald England
SJ8898 : Polly-do-you-remember? (detail) by Gerald England
SJ8898 : Clayton Hall by Gerald England
SJ8898 : Clayton Hall fountain by Gerald England
SJ8898 : A Victorian Bedroom at Clayton Hall by Gerald England


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Created: Wed, 17 Sep 2014, Updated: Wed, 17 Sep 2014

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