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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  • August 12, 2017
    Came here with my son not long back and I will never come back again. The place is dirty the staff looked like miserable zombies and the place itself was really boring and my son was ready to leave af...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    We come here quite often. The children love it, they can dress up and play at cooking, baking or just play with the toys in the nursery. It's a completely hands on museum. The grounds are lovely and j...  more »
  • July 1, 2017
    Clayton Hall is a hidden gem hiding in plane view. It's a wonder place for both kids and adults, this is the 2nd time we have been, my 4yo didn't want to leave the kitchen and loved playing in the bed...  more »
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  • All I can say is don't got to this place...ever. I wrote a review on trip advisor and gave it 1 star and mysteriously it disappeared...so I tried twice more and the same has happened so it now gives the impression it is a good place to go when infact it really isn't. ...you have been warned.
  • Amazing building and lovely staff. Very child friendly also.
  • This is a small park with a house that is open to the public for special occasions and open days. Have not been in the house, the park has a kids play park and basket ball pitch.
  • Lots of activities for children and adults! Friendly staff. Beautiful house and garden
  • The volunteers who run Clayton Hall are so friendly and more than happy to share their knowledge about this piece of history. Well worth a little visit.

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