Acklam Hall

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Acklam Hall
AcklamHall Grounds1.jpg
Acklam Hall
General information
Country England, United Kingdom
Completed 1678
Owner Acklam Hall Ltd[1]
Postcard View of Acklam Hall circa 1913

Acklam Hall is a Restoration mansion in the former village, and now suburb, of Acklam in Middlesbrough, in the unitary authority of Middlesbrough and the ceremonial county of North Yorkshire, England. It is a Grade I listed building.[2]

It was built by William Hustler in 1678. A long-held, albeit unverified family tradition noted that the Hall was subject to a royal progress by the then-sovereign, King Charles II, in 1684. It continued to house the Hustlers until the conceding of ownership to Middlesbrough Corporation in 1928. Since 1935 it has been in public ownership and has been used as a grammar school and a comprehensive school-known as Kings Manor School, with the addition of several modern buildings to the grounds. It is now owned by Middlesbrough College and Middlesbrough Council. Middlesbrough College inherited the site and continued to use it as a college building.

Internally the building features a magnificent main staircase with balustrade carved in spirals and helixes. The ceilings in the front part of the house feature many stucco decorations. There is a fine rose window in the roof at the top of the staircase. The front room in the second story spans the width of the house. It was probably a reception/ballroom originally, and has served various functions in education. It was the Assembly Hall for Acklam Hall Grammar School until the opening of the new hall around 1958. It then became the school's main library. Subsequently the library moved to a new building, later demolished, and the space became the staff common room.

In front of the hall stretches the Avenue of Trees (as it is known locally), with two rows of large oak trees forming a corridor which was likely to have been the route by which visitors originally approached the Hall. These trees stretch from Acklam Road to Hall Drive (immediately in front of the Hall) – a distance of around 0.5 miles.

Architectural details[edit]

The coat of arms of the Hustler family can be seen above the main door, with the figure of a Talbot on top. This extinct breed of hunting dog became the emblem of Acklam Hall Grammar School. The front door has a short portico.

Acklam Hall today[edit]

The owners revealed plans in 2011 to sell the hall to developers[3] In 2014, Acklam Hall Ltd, which owns the hall, confirmed that the building would be developed as a wedding venue with small spa, gym, conference rooms and a restaurant. the possibility of a medical centre and nursing home were also possibilities for the site. The financing of this would be offset against the building of 56 new houses, to the east and west of the hall, by Taylor Wimpey.[4][5][6]

Image gallery[edit]

The following images were taken during an "open house" held in September 2007.

These images, taken at the same time, show the neglected state of some of the early 20th century buildings attached to the Hall, and of the East Quad.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Open Corporates (database) - Acklam Hall Ltd
  2. ^ Entry on imagesofengland.org.uk
  3. ^ Evening Gazette Acklam Hall could be sold to developers: by Sandy McKenzie – 19 July 2011
  4. ^ Taylor Wimpey - Acklam Hall - updates
  5. ^ Northern Echo: Decision expected soon on future of Grade I Listed Acklam Hall in Middlesbrough
  6. ^ Middlesbrough Evening Gazette: Pictures: How will proposed Acklam Hall redevelopment look?
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Coordinates: 54°32′45″N 1°14′54″W / 54.5457°N 1.2484°W / 54.5457; -1.2484