Acklam Hall

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Acklam Hall
AcklamHall Grounds1.jpg
Acklam Hall
General information
Country England, United Kingdom
Completed 1678
Owner Middlesbrough Borough Council
Postcard View of Acklam Hall circa 1913
View from Hall Drive, 1971. Note the modern additions to the Hall. In the foreground is a pond contained within the grounds.

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.[1]

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. The owners revealed plans in 2011 to sell the hall to developers[2]

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.

Front Door of House
Arms above Front Door

Architectural details[edit]

Above the door are the arms of the Hustler family, 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.

Historical note[edit]

Although the Hustler family occupied the Hall for 300 years, in the early part of the 20th century the estate was inherited by Mostyn Hustler Hopkins from his mother Everard Hustler, second wife of William Innes Hopkins, owner of a local steelworks and construction company, Hopkins, Gilkes & Co. The Hopkins family fortune was destroyed by the association of this company with the Tay Bridge Disaster. It is therefore possible that the sale of the hall to the town of Middlesbrough was in part due to this infamous episode.

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. ^ Entry on imagesofengland.org.uk
  2. ^ Evening Gazette Acklam Hall could be sold to developers: by Sandy McKenzie – 19 July 2011
  • Nunthorpe Man Ruined by Tay Bridge Disaster[1]

Coordinates: 54°32′45″N 1°14′54″W / 54.5457°N 1.2484°W / 54.5457; -1.2484