Stayley Hall

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Stayley Hall
Stayley Hall
General information
Town or city Stalybridge, Greater Manchester
Country England
Coordinates 53°29′39″N 2°02′17″W / 53.49414°N 2.03807°W / 53.49414; -2.03807

Stayley Hall, also known as Staley Hall, is a Grade II* Listed Building in Stalybridge, Greater Manchester.[1] The structure dates to at least the 16th century – it appears on maps from 1577 and 1580 – but may be older.[2] The first records of the de Stavelegh family as Lords of the Manor date from the early 13th century.

Stayley Hall is referred to in the diaries of Sir Ralph Staveley in the early 15th century. The hall was originally timber framed, but was stone-clad during the 17th century.[2] It is situated on a knoll making defence of the building a relatively easy affair. The external walls and the roofing slabs are made from locally quarried gritstone. The inside of the building has been altered as parts of it were let as cottage tenements and the plaster has fallen off showing the original lattices of wicker work and clay daub. Part of the staircase still remained in 1871 although the floor was dilapidated even then.

Sir Ralph Staley had no male heirs and after his death his daughter, Elizabeth Staley, married Sir Thomas Assheton, uniting the manors of Ashton and Staley. Elizabeth and Thomas had no sons. Margaret, the eldest of their two daughters married Sir William Booth of Dunham Massey The younger daughter, Elizabeth, was widowed without children. She continued to live at Stayley Hall until her death in 1553. In her will she left her share of the lordships to the Booths.

John Wesley visited Stayley Hall in 1745 and a commemorative stone tablet was placed on the Hall's wall around the time of the visit.

In 2004 the Metropolitan Borough Council announced that they had granted permission to a developer to build 16 homes next to Stayley Hall. A condition of the planning consent was that the hall be restored.[3] The developer has converted the hall and outbuildings into houses and apartments, most of which are now occupied.

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  1. ^ "Stayley Hall". Images of England. Retrieved 2008-01-29. 
  2. ^ a b Mike Nevell (1991). Tameside 1066–1700. Tameside Metropolitan Borough and University of Manchester Archaeological Unit. pp. 112, 141. ISBN 1-871324-02-5. 
  3. ^ Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council (2004-04-28). "New start for Staley Hall". Retrieved 2008-01-27. 

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