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Baguley Hall

Hob Uid: 76516
Location :
Manchester
Manchester
Manchester
Grid Ref : SJ8162088740
Summary : A timber framed great house of 14th century date with later additions constructed on the site of an earlier, possibly 11th to 12th century, aisled hall. The standing remains comprise a black and white, timber framed open hall of the mid 14th century built on a stone base and with a slate roof. The north wing is a brick refacing of a later medieval timber wing. The south wing is a late 17th century brick addition which was replaced during the 18th century. The hall has a cross passage at the north end, the north wing has 2 rooms separated by a passageway with access to the upper floor by a stairway in a later brick-built addition on the north side and the south wing has 2 rooms separated by 2 staircases giving access to the upper floor. Excavation of the hall during the 1980s found evidence of the aisled timber hall beneath the present structure. Excavation beneath the south wing found evidence for a chamber block which was added to the aisled hall prior to the early 14th century. The present hall was built by Sir William de Baguley or one of his two sons, John and William. Baguley Hall remained in use as a farm until the middle of the 20th century after which it was abandoned. Ongoing maintenance began in the 1970s. Currently in the care of English Heritage. Scheduled.
More information : SJ 8161 8874: Baguley Hall (NR) (1)

A 14th century timber-framed hall with two brick wings, the north medieval and the south apparently late 17th century. It is the best medieval secular building in the city of Manchester and is of considerable national interest. (2)

The Hall, formerly derelict, is now protected and is being restored
by the local authority. (3)

Baguley Hall, 14th century timbered hall, one of the oldest in
Lancashire. Grade 1. (4)

Scheduled, SAM Number GM 13.(5)

Additional references.(6-7)

Limited excavation demonstrated that Smith and Stell were in error in suggesting that the hall had a boat-shaped plan indicating survival of pre-Conquest building traditions in 14th century. Smith and Stell's measurements were taken at wall-plate level, not cill-beam level where there is less variation. The stone base-walls under the cill show no significant variation. Moreover, the base of the spere truss is nearly at a right angle to the wall. Post-holes of three timber buildings and indications of another masonry structure were found under the stone base-walls. (8)

Baguley Hall near Manchester has long been recognized as one of the finest surviving medieval halls in the northwest of England and is currently undergoing an extensive English Heritage programme of repair. The opportunity has been taken to make a more detailed study of its timber framing, which is a relic of a local style common to the Dee estuary area. Excavations within and immediately outside the building have also been undertaken, and seven broad structural phases are outlined from the first aisled hall through 14th century additions to Victorian repair work. (9)

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Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1934-38
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Source : Lancashire. 1. The industrial and commercial south
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Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 BHP 22-OCT-1975
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Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : City of Manchester, 03-OCT-1974
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Source Number : 5
Source : County list of Scheduled Monuments : March 1994
Source details : Greater Manchester
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Source : Scheduled Monument Notification
Source details : 18-Sep-96
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Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : Manchester, 06-JUN-1994
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Source Number : 8
Source : Baguley hall, Manchester: The structural development of a Cheshire manor house
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Source Number : 9
Source : Baguley Hall, Manchester
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Early Medieval
Display Date : C11 or C12
Monument End Date : 1199
Monument Start Date : 1000
Monument Type : Aisled Hall House, Timber Framed House
Evidence : Sub Surface Deposit
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Prior to C14
Monument End Date : 1299
Monument Start Date :
Monument Type : Timber Framed House, Aisled Hall House
Evidence : Sub Surface Deposit
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Built mid C14
Monument End Date : 1366
Monument Start Date : 1333
Monument Type : Open Hall House, Timber Framed House, Great House
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Later medieval wing
Monument End Date : 1540
Monument Start Date : 1367
Monument Type : Timber Framed House
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Post medieval
Monument End Date : 1901
Monument Start Date : 1540
Monument Type : Farm
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Late C17
Monument End Date : 1699
Monument Start Date : 1667
Monument Type : House
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : C18
Monument End Date : 1799
Monument Start Date : 1700
Monument Type : Great House
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : 20th Century
Display Date : Until mid C20
Monument End Date : 1950
Monument Start Date : 1901
Monument Type : Farmhouse
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : 20th Century
Display Date : Repaired from 1970s
Monument End Date :
Monument Start Date : 1970
Monument Type : Great House
Evidence : Extant Building

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : CH 3
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : LA 127
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : GM 13
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 388166
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (National No.)
External Cross Reference Number : 27709
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SJ 88 NW 2
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : BAGULEY HALL
Activity type : EXCAVATION
Start Date : 1971-01-01
End Date : 1971-12-31
Associated Activities : FIELD OBSERVATION ON SJ 88 NW 2
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1975-10-22
End Date : 1975-10-22
Associated Activities : BAGULEY HALL
Activity type : EXCAVATION
Start Date : 1976-01-01
End Date : 1980-12-31
Associated Activities : BAGULEY HALL, WYTHENSHAWE
Activity type : GEOPHYSICAL SURVEY
Start Date : 1977-01-01
End Date : 1977-12-31
Associated Activities : LAND ADJACENT TO BAGULEY HALL
Activity type : GEOPHYSICAL SURVEY
Start Date : 1996-01-01
End Date : 1996-12-31
Associated Activities : BAGULEY HALL, WYTHENSHAWE
Activity type : ARCHITECTURAL SURVEY
Start Date : 2003-01-01
End Date : 2003-12-31
Associated Activities : BAGULEY HALL, WYTHENSHAWE
Activity type : ARCHITECTURAL SURVEY
Start Date : 2005-01-01
End Date : 2005-12-31