Hathershaw Hall

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Hathershaw Hall
General information
Type Manor house
Address 1-5 Hollins Road
Town or city Oldham, Greater Manchester
Country England
Completed c 1694

Hathershaw Hall is a 16th-17th century Grade II* listed building in Hathershaw, Oldham, Greater Manchester, England. The present structure is the single surviving range of a once considerably larger manor house.[1] It is situated in what was the historic county of Lancashire.

Description and history[edit]

Hathershaw Hall is a long, low, two-storey stone house standing back from Hollins Road; it faces south across an open space surrounded by a dry-stone wall. It comprises two distinct sections, the older is believed to date from the close of the 16th century, the more recently constructed eastern end the result of a rebuild a century later. The original section is of unremarkable vernacular architecture and difficult to date accurately. The site was occupied by a manor house in the 15th century, and part of the hall's structure may be from that building.[2] The present building is a fragment of a more extensive complex of buildings, most probably arranged around a central courtyard. Following abandonment by wealthy owners, much of the original hall was demolished and the remaining portion was divided into five cottages. It was in a decayed condition in 1826.[3]

When the hall was divided into cottages many traces of its original appearance were lost. Its older portion is about 54 feet in length with a slightly projecting wing at the west end. The east end appears to have been rebuilt in 1694 in a more regular and grander manner. It is taller with quoins at the angles and square-headed two-light windows, each with a centre mullion and transoms. The floor-line is marked by a string course below which the walling is of large square blocks, and above it of narrower stones. This portion of the building is about 38 feet long. The roofs of the two parts are at different levels, and covered with grey stone slates and stone ridge tiles. The gable ends are surmounted by ball-shaped, ornamental stone finials retained from the original structure.[3]

By repute the hall was the home of a 17th-century Royalist family who lost part of its possessions as a result of the English Civil War. For many generations it was the home of the Sandford, or Sandiford, family.[4] The Sandfords owned the house in the 17th century and were presumably Royalists. In the 18th century it was acquired by the Sidebottoms and Alexander Radclyffe Sidebottom was the owner in 1856.[3] In the 1970s the building was extensively renovated and many changes made when the hall was divided into cottages were reversed. It now comprises a large house with the westernmost portion a separate cottage; the whole building privately owned.[2] [1] Hathershaw Hall is one of very few buildings in Oldham built before the Industrial Revolution.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Historic England. "1-5, Hollins Road (1217873)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 21 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Bateson, Hartley (1949). A Centenary History of Oldham. Oldham County Borough Council. ISBN 5-00-095162-X. 
  3. ^ a b c Farrer, William; Brownbill, J., eds. (1911), "The parish of Prestwich with Oldham: Oldham", A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 5 (British History Online): 92–108, retrieved 22 April 2013 
  4. ^ The Builder Vol. 59, 1890, p. 13

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Coordinates: 53°31′31″N 2°06′52″W / 53.5252°N 2.1144°W / 53.5252; -2.1144