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Chorley Old Hall

Hob Uid: 76391
Location :
Cheshire East
Alderley Edge
Grid Ref : SJ8375078120
Summary : The medieval moated site of Chorley Old Hall, the oldest inhabited country house in Cheshire. Chorley Old Hall was constructed circa 1330 by Robert de Chorley. By 1523 the Davenports owned the house and during the mid 16th century constructed a half-timbered house adjoining the existing building's north-western corner. Ownership passed to the Stanleys in the early 17th century who undertook alterations circa 1640 and constructed a bridge across the moat. The two houses were joined by a brick link in the late 18th-early 19th century. In 1915 the house was fully restored and further renovations occured in 1975. The house stands on an island which is surrounded by a waterlogged moat averaging 12 metres wide x 1.3 metres deep to the water level. At the northwestern corner, however, the moat's width had been increased to circa 30 metres and there are two small ornamental islands. South of the moat is a set of waterlogged fishponds. The moated site is Scheduled, Chorley Old Hall os a Grade I Listed Building and the bridge across the moat is a Grade II Listed Building.
More information : [SJ 8375 7811] Chorley Hall [GT] (1)

Chorley Hall, built probably about 1420, is surrounded by a moat
[See AO/62/169/5] (2)

'Chorley Hall' is not an outstanding example of its period. See
G.P. AO/64/12/4

The homestead moat, except for the N.W. corner, is well preserved.
It is partly water filled.
Published survey (25") revised. (3)

Chorley Hall. An early 15th century building with a 16th century
timber framed building at right angles. The original building is of
stone with brick repairs, a slated roof, and stone and brick
stacks. Most of the fenestration is post Mediveal, but the plain
original timber roofs largely remain. The buildings were originally
separate but were joined by the construction of a brick staircase
in the 19th century.
Grade 2*. (4-5)

Chorley Old Hall (formerly listed as Chorley Hall and outbuildings).
Grade I. Sub-Manor house: c1330 for de Chorley family, timber-framed
portion of c1560 for Davenport family and refenestration and internal
alterations c1640 for Thomas Stanley. Late C18 repairs and major
renovations of 1915 and 1975. L-shaped plan. Still stands within its
moat and unlike other Cheshire examples has not been swamped by later
additions. See List for full account.

Bridge over moat to Chorley Old Hall. Grade II. Bridge: probably C16
with some later repairs and rebuilding. Ashlar buff sandstone.
2 semi-circular headed arches are sprung from low piers. There is a
low parapet with a flat coping and a concrete roadway. (6)

SJ 8375 7811
SJ 8372 7805
SJ 8373 7800. Chorley Old Hall moated site and four fishponds.
Scheduled RSM No 13497. The oldest inhabited country house in
Cheshire. The moated island measures c.70m x 54m and contains
Chorley Old Hall and numerous low earthworks. Surrounding the island
is a waterlogged moat averaging 12m wide x 1.3m deep to the water
level. At the NW corner, however, the moat's width has been
increased to c.30m and there are two small ornamental islands.
A recently improved outlet channel connects with a stream to the W.
Access to the island is by a bridge across the N arm. An outer bank
9-11m wide x 0.4m high flanks the E arm and the E half of the N arm.
S of the moat is a set of waterlogged fishponds. The westernmost is
of sub-rectangular form, measuring c.9m x 8m. It connects via a short
channel to an L-shaped pond that is fed from a stream by a recently
improved inlet channel entering at its SW corner. This pond measures
c.40m N-S x 30m E-W. A recently improved outlet channel issues from
its NW corner to flow over an ornamental waterfall and enter the moat
at the SW corner. A third fishpond, c.16m x 12m, lies to the E and
connects with the L-shaped pond via a short channel. Further to the
S is a dry fishpond c.17m x 6.5m x 0.8m deep that possesses an outlet
channel into a stream on its S side.

The bridge was built by the Stanleys. The earliest manor house and
the later half-timbered house were joined by a brick link in the
late 18th/early 19th century. In 1915 the house was fully restored
and further renovations occured in 1975. (7)

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Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1954
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Earwaker J P . 1877. Cheshire Past and Present, I, 165
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Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 TPW 09-APR-64
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Source Number : 4
Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : Alderley Edge Cheshire (March 1965)
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Source Number : 5
Source : The Archaeological Journal
Source details : J T Smith
Page(s) : 162-163
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Vol(s) : 127, 1970
Source Number : 6
Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : Macclesfield, 06-JUL-1984
Page(s) : 33-34
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Vol(s) : 203
Source Number : 7
Source : Scheduled Monument Notification
Source details : 04-Jan-93
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Medieval
Monument End Date : 1540
Monument Start Date : 1066
Monument Type : Moat, Fishpond
Evidence : Earthwork
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Dated c1330
Monument End Date : 1340
Monument Start Date : 1320
Monument Type : Manor House
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Mid C16
Monument End Date : 1566
Monument Start Date : 1533
Monument Type : Timber Framed House
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Alterations done c1640
Monument End Date : 1650
Monument Start Date : 1630
Monument Type : House, Bridge
Evidence : Extant Building, Structure
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Late 18/early C19
Monument End Date : 1832
Monument Start Date : 1767
Monument Type : House
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : 20th Century
Display Date : Repaired in 1915
Monument End Date : 1915
Monument Start Date : 1915
Monument Type : House
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : 20th Century
Display Date : Repaired 1975
Monument End Date : 1975
Monument Start Date : 1975
Monument Type : House
Evidence : Extant Building

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 58232
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : NBR Index Number
External Cross Reference Number : 32705
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (National No.)
External Cross Reference Number : 13497
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 58233
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SJ 87 NW 7
External Cross Reference Notes :

Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SJ 87 NW 7
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1964-04-09
End Date : 1964-04-09
Associated Activities : Primary, CHORLEY OLD HALL, ALDERLEY EDGE
Activity type : EVALUATION
Start Date : 2003-01-01
End Date : 2003-12-31