Baguley Hall

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Baguley Hall
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Baguley Hall, Manchester
General information
Status Grade I listed
Architectural style Timber Framed
Location Baguley, Manchester, England.
Coordinates 53°23′42″N 2°16′35″W / 53.394955°N 2.276358°W / 53.394955; -2.276358Coordinates: 53°23′42″N 2°16′35″W / 53.394955°N 2.276358°W / 53.394955; -2.276358
Construction started 14th century (14th century)
Client Sir William Baguley
Owner English Heritage
Baguley Hall is located in Greater Manchester
Baguley Hall
Map showing the location of Baguley Hall within Greater Manchester.

Baguley Hall is a 14th-century timber framed hall in Baguley, Greater Manchester (grid reference SJ81628874).[1] It is listed as a Grade I listed building[2] and a Scheduled Ancient Monument.[1]

The current hall may be on the site of an earlier hall, possibly from the 11th or 12th century.

  • 11th or 12th century: An aisled timber hall was built on the site. (Archaeology in the 1980s found remains of it). It was probably owned by the Baguley family.
  • 14th century, first half: The current hall was built by Sir William de Baguley[3] or one of his two sons, John and William.,[1] entirely of timber with wattle and daub walls, probably the oldest timber great hall surviving in England. It uses timbers of unusual size.[4]
  • 15th century: The north wing was built in timber and elements of it survive. It replaced a previous north service block.
  • 16th century: The west side timber-framed porch was added.
  • Late 17th century: The south wing was added, in brick, replacing a chamber block which was added to the aisled hall before the early 14th century.
  • 18th century: The north wing was resurfaced in brick.[2] The south chamber block was replaced by a brick-built south wing.
  • 19th century: The west side timber-framed porch was partly rebuilt.
  • In recent times the hall was used as a farm building.[1]
  • Around and after World War II: The hall was also known in the area as Maher's Farm and grew and sold vegetables.
  • Around 1960 and after: The area around was built over, as Wythenshawe. The hall was abandoned, and its grounds became covered with dense bramble and other wild vegetation, which was cleared out with local volunteer help.
  • 1970s: Maintenance started. For a long time in and after the 1970s the hall was covered in a big corrugated iron shed while its timber was exposed and treated against woodworm and dry rot.
  • April 2013: The hall is closed to the public; its grounds are kept tidy.

The hall is owned by English Heritage and is listed on the Buildings at Risk Register, rating its condition as "fair".[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Historic England. "Baguley Hall (76516)". PastScape. Retrieved 5 January 2008. 
  2. ^ a b Historic England. "Baguley Hall (388166)". Images of England. Retrieved 26 December 2007. 
  3. ^ As a result, a recent low-rise apartment block across the road is called Sir William's Court.
  4. ^ Crossley, Frederick Herbert (1951). Timber Building in England: From Early Times to the End of the Seventeenth Century. London: Batsford. 
  5. ^ "Baguley Hall, Hall Lane". English Heritage. Retrieved 20 June 2008. 

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