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NORTH WEST ENGLAND

CHESHIRE

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ADLINGTON HALL

Tel: 01625 827 595
Mill Lane, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4LF

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The History of the hall can be traced to as far back as the Domesday Survey. With little knowledge of the hall prior to the Norman Conquest, documented history starts around the end of the 13 th century, when the hall was passed to the Earl of Chester, a nephew of William the Conqueror. Since the year 1315 it has been home to the Legh family. One of the oldest and most historic Cheshire houses it has evolved over 700 years, the east and west wings being demolished in 1928, giving the Hall its present rectangular shape. A true representation of the hall from all angles can be seen in the landscapes by Thomas Bardwell (1704-1767). Throughout these extensions and restorations the Legh family mainly used local craftsmen and materials produced either on the estate or locally.

ARLEY HALL AND GARDENS

Tel: 01565 777353

Great Budworth, Nr Northwich
10 mins from the M56 and M6

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Arley is a place of enormous character, charm and interest. Visitors are frequently struck by the warm and intimate atmosphere and the feeling that Arley is a much-cherished family home. The Gardens, which are amongst the finest in Britain, are outstanding for their vitality, variety and historical interest. The Hall is an impressive example of a Victorian country house built in the Elizabethan style. Visitors are also invited to enjoy a lively events programme appealing to all the family, including Arley Horse Trials & Country Fair, Arley Garden Festival, and Christmas Floral Extravaganza.

BRAMALL HALL

Tel: 0845 8330974

Bramhall Park (off Hall Road), Bramhall, Stockport SK7 3NX
10 minutes from Stockport Town Centre

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Bramall Hall is a superb example of a 'Cheshire Black and White' timber framed manor house, with origins dating back to Medieval England. The property is lovingly cared for and presents the visitor with a marvellous historic record spanning six centuries. Journeying through the house will give you a glimpse into Bramall Hall's fascinating history - beautiful Tudor rooms with spectacular plaster ceilings, a wonderful 16th century embroidered table carpet and wall paintings, plus many fine examples of architecture, furniture and paintings from different periods. The house is set in 70 acres of beautiful parkland which has been landscaped in the style of Capability Brown. The park features two lakes, woodland walks, gardens and a toddlers play area.

CAPESTHORNE HALL & GARDENS

Tel: 01625 861221
Siddington - Nr Macclesfield

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One of Cheshire's premier historic houses and home of the Bromley-Davenport family. Georgian Chapel, woodland walks, coarse fishing, special events, shows, Concerts. In the Hall itself visitors can enjoy a series of historic rooms from the grandeur of the Queen Anne Room, with its monumental fireplace and heraldic mantelpiece, to the charm of The Child's Room with treasured toys and clothes from generations of Bromley Davenport chilldren.

DORFOLD HALL

Tel: 01270 625245
Chester Road, Acton, Nantwich, Cheshire
1m W of Nantwich on A534

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Built in 1616 this is a Jacobean house. There are beautiful plaster ceilings and panelling with furniture and pictures to view. There is an attractive garden with herbaceous borders.

DUNHAM MASSEY HALL

Tel: 0161 941 1025
Altrincham, Cheshire
J19 of M6, J7 of M56 - 3m SW of Altrincham off A56

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Over 30 furnished rooms to see in this Georgian house with Edwardian additions. There are 101 hectares of wooded deer park. There is a moat which provides power for a working Jacobean mill and an 18th century Orangery.

GAWSWORTH HALL

Tel: 01260 223456

Church Lane, Nr Maccesfield

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An ancient Manor House wrapped in romance, intrigue and great charm it is one of Cheshire's most attractive half-timbered historic houses, set in beautiful grounds with world-famous open air theatre (June-August). Unique Elizabethan gardens and parkland. Here lived Mary Fitton, The Dark Lady of Shakespeare's Sonnets. Still a family home of great beauty and charm. Free car park.

LITTLE MORETON HALL

Tel: 01260 272018
Congleton, Cheshire
4m S of Congleton on A34, 10 min from Js16 & 17 on M6

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Moated manor house – the 'icon' of English Tudor domestic architecture One of Britain's finest timber-framed manor houses Little changed, if slightly crooked, after 500 years Long gallery with an important collection of paintings Unusual Elizabethan knot garden A starring role in Moll Flanders (1996) TV adaptation

LYME PARK

Tel: 01663 762023 - Infoline: 02663 766492
Disley

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A Tudor house transformed into a huge Italianate palace in the 18th century Tranquil Victorian garden, with roses, reflection lake and sunken parterre Vast medieval deer park, moorland and woodland estate to explore Famous scene in Pride & Prejudice (1995) where Darcy emerges from a lake was filmed here Adventure playground and lots of children's events throughout the year

PEOVER HALL AND GARDENS

Tel: 01565 632358
Scholar Green, Cheshire

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Built in 1585 by Sir Ralph Mainwaring, Peover Hall is a fine example of an Elizabethan manorhouse, with carved staircase, panelled walls and a long gallery. Home during the Second World War to General George S Patton as headquarters of the American Third Army. St Lawrence's Church, nearby, displays the American flag side-by-side with the Union flag. Stables have remarkable plaster-work ceilings. Gardens enclosed by topiary-work hedges.

RODE HALL

Tel: 01270 873237
Church Lane, Scholar Green
, Congleton
Off the A34 at Scholar Green

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The House stands in a Repton landscape and the extensive gardens include a woodland garden, a terraced rock garden and grotto, rhododendrons, azaleas, hellebores, climbing roses, snowdrops and daffodils. There is a formal rose garden, a large walled kitchen garden and the recently restored ice house in the park.

TABLEY HOUSE

Tel: 01565 750151
Knutsford, Cheshire
J19 M6, then A556, 1m W of Knutsford, entrance on A5033)

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Tabley House was designed by John Carr of York for Sir Peter Byrne Leicester, Bt., and completed in 1769. His son, Sir John Fleming Leicester, Bt., later 1st Lord de Tabley, was the first great patron and collector of British paintings. He assembled a splendid collection at Tabley and in his London house during the first decade of the 19th Century, ultimately with the intention of establishing a National Gallery of British Art. JMW Turner, Henry Thompson and James Ward were among the many painters who stayed at Tabley. Today, important works by them can be seen in the rooms for which they were created, together with fine paintings by Dobson, Lely, Reynolds, Cotes, Northcote, Callcott, Fuseli, Lawrence, Opie, Martin and others.

TATTON PARK

Tel: 01625 534400
Knutsford, Cheshire
5 m from J19 M6 & J7 M56

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One of the most complete historic estates. Magnificent parkland, beautiful gardens, medieval Old Hall and Neo-classical Mansion. A 1930s working farm and a childrens play area. Special events held. Speciality food shops offer a variety of home produce and giftware. History comes to life at Tatton Park as the story of times gone by unfolds before your eyes.

LANCASHIRE

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BROWSHOLME HALL

Tel: 01254 826719

Clitheroe Road, Cow Ark, Clitheroe
From Clitheroe: Leave by Edisford Bridge towards the Trough of Bowland - do not go through Waddington. From the centre of Whalley: Follow the road under the A59, to Mitton and then to Bashall Eaves.

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Portraits, furniture and antiques. Browsholme Hall is the home of the Parker family; it is built in the Tudor stuyle with Elizabethen front, Queen Anne Wing with Regency additions.

GAWTHORPE HALL

Tel: 01282 771004
Padiham, Nr Burnley
Eastern outskirts of Padiham on North side of A671
Gawthorpe Hall

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Gawthorpe Hall was built between 1600 and 1605 for the Shuttleworth family and is a Jacobean manor house in a country setting with its principal rooms furnished. It has fine wood panelling, a 17th century minstrels gallery and plaster work. It also houses the Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth collections of embroidery, lace costumes and woven textiles. They have a programme of events and exhibitions.

HOGHTON TOWER

Tel: 01254 852986
Hoghton, Nr Preston
5 miles south-east of Preston, east of A675 midway between Preston and Blackburn

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Ancestral home of the Hoghton family since William the Conqueror, and Seat of Sir Bernard de Hoghton it is steeped in history. It was here, in the magnificent Banqueting Hall, that in 1617 King James I knighted a loin of beef "Sir Loin". Here also William Shakespeare began his working life. Built on its hill 650 ft above sea level. The kings Bedchamber, Audience Chamber, the Ballroom and other staterooms used by the King, as well as the Duke of Buckingham and other nobles are all still perfectly preserved. Also worth a visit is the Tudor Well House, with its horse-drawn pump, the underground passages, and the Lancashire Witches' dungeons.

LEIGHTON HALL

Tel: 01524 734474
Yealand Conyers, Carnforth, Lancashire
J35 M6 with A6 N of Carnforth - follow signs

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This is a 12th century fortified manor house, re-built in the mid 18th century with neo-gothic facade, set in beautiful and extensive grounds. The house contains fine examples of Gillow furniture, fine paintings and objets d' art. A collection of trained birds of prey are kept and give flying displays in the afternoons.

LYTHAM HALL

Tel: 01253 736652

Half a mile west of Ballam Road, Lytham

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Lytham Hall is a fine grade I listed 18th century manor house on the Lancashire coast. The Hall is situated in 80 acres of mature parkland, and was built for Thomas Clifton by John Carr of York between 1752-1764 on the site of an earlier manor house and Priory settled by Benedictine monks from Durham.

RUFFORD OLD HALL

Tel: 01704 821254
Liverpool Road, Rufford, Lancashire
Situated off the A59

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Built in 1523 and renowned for its hammer beam roof and massive movable screen, the only one of its kind in Lancashire. It houses an excellent collection of tapestries, arms, armour and Tudor & Jacobean furniture. Unlike many historic buildings, there is an informal lived-in atmosphere to the house, which visitors find particularly welcoming and which helps bring the past alive.

SAMLESBURY HALL

Tel: 01254 812010
Preston New Road, Samlesbury, Lancashire
J31 of the M6 - on the A59

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A half-timbered manor house which was built during the 14th and 15th centuries. It is situated in five acres of delightful grounds. Sales of antiques and collectors items are held here, and also craft shows.

STONEYHURST COLLEGE

Tel: 01254 826345
Stoneyhurst, Clitheroe
Off the B6243 Longridge to Clitheroe road, near Hurst Green

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The original part of the College dates from the late 16th century and is surrounded by extensive grounds and ornamental gardens. There is a long avenue to approach it with rectangular ponds.

GREATER MANCHESTER

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HALL I' TH' WOOD

Tel: 01204 332211.
Greenway, Off Crompton Way, Bolton
The Museum, Art Gallery & Aquarium are situated behind the Town Hall from Victoria Square on Le Mans Crescent to the Left.

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Hall i’ th’ Wood was originally built as a half-timbered hall in the 16th century and was owned by wealthy yeomen and merchants. After 1697 the Hall was rented out to various tenants. It was during this period that a young Samuel Crompton came to live there with his parents. In 1779 he invented his Spinning Mule, which revolutionised the cotton industry.

HEATON HALL

Tel: 0161 773 1231
Heaton Park, Prestwich, Greater Manchester
Situated on the A665

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The Hall is the finest Late Georgian gentry house in Lancashire and has magnificent period interiors decorated with plasterwork, furniture and paintings. There is a circular room with paintings, and also an events programme arranged.

SMITHILLS HALL

Tel: 01204 332377
Smithills Dean Road, Bolton, Lancashire
1m NW of town centre off A58

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A house has stood on this site since the 14th century which makes Smithills one of the oldest manor houses in Lancashire. The Great Hall is the oldest part and has an open timber roof. In addition to the stunning collection of furniture and artefacts permanently housed at the Hall, there are changing exhibitions and displays throughout the year. Events take place regularly in the Hall and grounds.

TURTON TOWER

Tel: 01204 852203
Tower Drive, Turton, Nr Bolton
1.5m N off B6391
Turton Tower

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A 16th Century mansion is based around the 15th century tower house. Restorations and additions were made in the 19th century. Set in nine acres of woodland, the tower houses several collections, including furniture and portraits from national collections, arms, ceramics and contemporary crafts, mostly in rooms depicting the 16th, 17th and 19th centuries. It also displays temporary exhibitions. Shop and tea-room.

WYTHENSHAWE HALL

Tel: 0161 998 5083
Wythenshawe Park, Wythenshawe Road, Wythenshawe Road, Northenden, Manchester

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Wythenshawe Hall, an atmospheric half-timbered house dating back to 1540, was the home of the Tatton family for 400 years. This beautiful historic house is set in 250 acres of parkland

MERSEYSIDE

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CROXTETH HALL & COUNTRY PARK

Tel: 0151 233 6910
Muirhead Avenue East, Liverpool
Location on the outskirts of Liverpool near junc. 4 of the M57/A580

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Historic mansion with Edwardian room settings and character figures. Your visit to the hall is like stepping back in time. Rest in the peace of the Victorian walled garden with many unique historic features. Visit the award winning Home Farm with its collection of rare breeds or enjoy a picnic amidst 500 acres of parkland and woodland. Special programme of events during the main season.

MEOLS HALL

Tel: 01704 228326
Botanic Road, Churchtown, Southport, Merseyside

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Meols Hall is Southport's historical manor house dating back to the early 12th Century. Set in one hundred acres of private park land close to the picturesque village of Churchtown, this is one of the oldest settlements on the Lancashire coast. Situated within the grounds of Meols Hall you will find the Tithe Barn which provides one of the most beautiful settings for a wedding anywhere in England.

If you are considering having a wedding there visit the above website and see for yourself how beautiful this location is and how wonderful it would look as a backdrop on your save the date cards you will distribute to your friends and family.

SPEKE HALL

Tel: 08457 585702 (Infoline) 0151 427 7231
The Walk, Liverpool
On the North bank of the Mersey, 1 mile off A561 on West side of Liverpool Airport. Follow airport signs from M62 exit 6, M57 exit 1, M56 exit 12

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Everything you need for a relaxing day out. A fabulous half-timbered hall, with its secret hiding places and spyholes, glorious gardens and woodland walks, plus the superb tearoom and shop. Events programme arranged including children's activities, guided walks, concerts and plays.

SUDLEY HOUSE

Tel: 0151 724 3245
Mossley Hill Road, Liverpool, Merseyside

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Sudley House contains fabulous works by Gainsborough, Reynolds, Landseer and Turner, all displayed amongst original Victorian décor. The house itself is surrounded by pleasant gardens and parkland. A visit to Sudley House is a step back in time to an oasis of calm and beauty. At Sudley you can see the only Victorian merchant's art collection still held in its original setting. Ship owner and merchant George Holt bought the paintings during the late 19th century. His daughter Emma bequeathed the house and its contents to the city in 1944.

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