Clayton Hall is a Grade 2* listed building, and a rare example of a moated, medieval site. It is situated in Clayton Park, Ashton new Road, Clayton. The original hall was built for the Clayton family in the 12th Century, it later passed into the hands of the Byron family, of which the poet Lord Byron was a member. The Byron’s lived here until they sold it to two London merchants, George and Humphrey Chetham. Humphrey is famous for founding Chethams School and Library in the centre of Manchester.
Externally the building is finished mainly in red brick, with some square-panelled timber framing at first floor level. Viewed from the front, the right hand section is the older part of the building, dating back to the 15th century and altered in the 16th and 17th century. It was partly rebuilt and enlarged in the 18th century with further remodelling taking place in the early and late 20th century. Rooms in the later part of the building have been dressed in Victorian style and offer an opportunity to take a step back in time.
Access to the Hall is via a masonry bridge over the moat (now drained). The bridge is thought to date from the 17th century and is constructed of coursed square sandstone, over two segmental stone arches. Clayton Hall is now owned by Manchester City Council.
Clayton Hall Museum
In 2009 the Friends of Clayton Park created a hands on Victorian living history museum at Clayton Hall. They dressed the dining room, sunken
cold store room, kitchen, hallway, bedroom, wash house and drawing rooom in Victorian style. They have also set up Clayton Hall history and Humphrey Chetham rooms, a memories room and costume room. Clayton Hall provides a hands-on educational facility for schools and groups.
Friends open the Hall to the public on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month.
School visits and party bookings by arrangement,
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If you could help with donations or loans of memorabilia or furnishings that would fit into our theme or have memories/photos of Clayton Hall or Park that you would like to share, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org