Baguley Hall

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Baguley Hall
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Baguley Hall, near Manchester
General information
Status Grade I listed
Architectural style Timber-framed
Location Baguley, Greater Manchester, UK
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)
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 building in Baguley, Greater Manchester (grid reference SJ81628874), North West England.[1]

A former country house, historically in Cheshire, it is now Grade I-listed[2] and a Scheduled Ancient Monument.[1]


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

  • 11th or 12th century: An aisled-timber hall was built on the site. (Archaeological excavations in the 1980s unearthed its remains).
  • 14th century, first half: The current hall was built by Sir William de Baguley[3] and possibly completed either by his son, John de Baguley, or more likely by his grandson and heir, Sir William Legh,[1] entirely of timber with wattle and daub walls, probably the oldest timber great hall surviving in England: it used timbers of unusual size.[4]
  • 15th century: The north wing was built in timber, elements of which survive. It replaced previous tithe barns.
  • 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 rebuilt in brick.[2] The south chamber block was replaced by a brick-built south wing.
  • 19th century: The west side timber-framed porch was partially rebuilt.
  • Early 20th century: The hall was used as a farm building.[1]
  • Circa World War II: The hall was also known in the area as Maher's Farm which grew and sold vegetables.
  • Circa 1960 and after: Its estate was built over, becoming Wythenshawe. The hall was abandoned, and its former 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 remains closed to the public; its grounds are kept tidy.


Baguley Hall was in the possession of the de Baguleys and later the Legh family for about 400 years.‭ Sir William de Baguley's daughter,‭ Isabel,‭ married Sir John Legh of Booths,‭ near Knutsford.‭ Her son,‭ Sir William Legh,‭ succeeded and the estate remained in the possession of the Leghs until the latter part of the 17th century.‭ The last male heir was Edward Legh who married Eleanor,‭ daughter of William Tatton of Wythenshawe Hall.‭ They had three daughters and Baguley was leased to the Viscounts Allen until 1749 when the estate was bought by Joseph Jackson of Rostherne, whose family married into the Leighs of West Hall, High Legh.[5] Jackson left it in his will to the Revd‭ Millington Massey from whom it was inherited by his daughter,[6] before being conveyed by the trustees of her marriage settlement to Thomas William Tatton, via his son Thomas Egerton Tatton to Robert Henry Grenville Tatton.[7]

Bought by the Manchester Corporation in 1926, after years of neglect the hall is now owned by English Heritage and is listed on the Buildings at Risk Register, rating its condition as "fair".[8]

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. ^ Wythenshawe History Group: Baguley Hall
  6. ^ London Gazette (1844)
  7. ^ University of Manchester Library: Tatton of Wythenshawe Muniments
  8. ^ "Baguley Hall, Hall Lane". English Heritage. Retrieved 20 June 2008. 

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