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Clayton Hall Museum, Manchester

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Clayton Hall is a 15th-century manor house on Ashton New Road, in Clayton, Manchester, England. It is hidden behind trees in a small park. The hall is a Grade II* listed building, a scheduled ancient monument, and a rare example of a medieval moated site. It is surrounded by a moat, making an island 66 m by 74 m. Alterations were made to the hall in the 16th and 17th centuries, and it was enlarged in the 18th century.The building, half of which is privately rented, is the remaining wing of a larger complex.HistoryClayton Hall was built in the 15th century on the site of a 12th-century house built for the Clayton family. When Cecilia Clayton married Robert de Byron in 1194 it passed to the Byron family, of which poet Lord Byron was a member. The Byrons lived there for more than 400 years until they sold it for £4,700 in 1620 to London merchants, George and Humphrey Chetham, who originated from Manchester. George Chetham died in 1625, leaving his share to his brother Humphrey who founded Chethams School and Library in the centre of Manchester. Humphrey Chetham died at the hall in 1653 and ownership passed to his nephew, George Chetham, son of his brother James.George Chetham was High Sheriff for 1660 and died in 1664. In 1666 James Chetham had 18 hearths liable for hearth tax, making it the largest house in the area. Clayton Hall then passed to Edward Chetham, and from him to his sister Alice, who had married Adam Bland. Their daughter Mary married Mordecai Greene, a Spanish merchant and their only son James was MP for Arundel in 1796 and died in 1814. Clayton Hall then passed with Turton Tower, the other Chetham seat to one of James' five daughters Arabella Penelope Eliza Greene, who had married banker Peter Richard Hoare.
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  • Clayton Hall is easy to get find across the road from the metrolink stop yet hidden by trees around its dry moat. Beyond the bridge is a country house tucked away in the big city with an intimate atmo...  read more »
  • A short walk through a small park and you enter over a bridge. Parking on side streets. Greeted by lovely ladies, who told us all about the history of the building. My mum loved it. It brought back me...  read more »
  • Do not live in Manchester area and found out about wonderful Clayton Hall through a friend, so did not realize it was there, but glad we visited. It is in a tranquil spot close to Etihad Stadium. A 14...  read more »
  • A fantastic 'hands on' living history museum, run by volunteers & owned by MCC. This unique hall dates from the 1100's. Set within a moat (dry), this place is one of Manchester's hidden treasures. A beautiful cottage-style garden, Grade II medieval bridge, Grade II* Hall sat on an Ancient Scheduled Monument. Completely free, Clayton Hall encourages children & adults to become Victorians for the day & potter around it's rooms. The Tudor side should be opening soon, the family seat of the Byron's & Humphrey Chetham's home until his death in 1653. Café & gift shop on premises too. Enjoy!
  • Hands on, memories, just to be able to pick things up, and really walk down memory lane. And learn a bit of the history. A really good afternoon. And thanks to the ladies who looked after us in the cafe. Especially enjoyed the coffee and walnut cake. Went with a group of ladies from Trinity Church in Ashton. Will definately going back with my husband, and possibly a couple of grandchildren. Xxx
  • Good for you learn a lot about what has happened in the area
  • Amazing history told by people in costume
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