Hall i' th' Wood

Coordinates: 53°36′00″N 2°25′08″W / 53.600°N 2.419°W / 53.600; -2.419
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Hall i' th' Wood
Front view of Hall i' th' Wood manor house
Hall i' th' Wood is located in Greater Manchester
Hall i' th' Wood
Location within Greater Manchester
General information
Architectural styleMedieval
Town or cityBolton, Greater Manchester
Coordinates53°36′02″N 2°25′08″W / 53.60049°N 2.41895°W / 53.60049; -2.41895
Completed16th century
Listed Building – Grade I
Official nameHall i' th' Wood
Designated22 April 1952
Reference no.1388052
Dining room

Hall i' th' Wood is an early 16th-century manor house in Bolton in the historic county of Lancashire and the ceremonial county of Greater Manchester, England. It is a Grade I listed building and is currently used as a museum by Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council.[1][2] It was the manor house for the moiety of the Tonge with Haulgh township held by the Brownlows in the 16th century. The original building is timber framed and has a stone flagged roof; there were later additions to the house, built from stone, in 1591 and 1648.[1] The name represents "Hall in the Wood' spoken in the local regional English dialect and is pronounced /ˌɔːlɪθˈwʊd/.

The house was not used as a gentry house but rather given over to multiple occupation by families engaged in industry. Four (previously five) separate dwellings can be identified, each with its own entrance and staircase.[3] One part was let to Samuel Crompton during the 18th century, where he designed and built the first spinning mule.[2] About 1779, Crompton succeeded in producing a mule-jenny, a machine which spun yarn suitable for use in the manufacture of muslin.[4] It was known as the muslin wheel or the Hall i' th' Wood wheel[5] from the name of the house.[6]

Hall i' th' Wood was bought by William Lever (later Lord Leverhulme) in 1899 and was restored by Jonathan Simpson and Edward Ould.[7] Lever gave the house to the Corporation of Bolton in 1900.[1]

An episode of the television programme Most Haunted was filmed in the hall in 2008.[8]

In Fisher's Drawing Room Scrap Book, 1833, is a poetical illustration by Letitia Elizabeth Landon to an engraving of a painting of the hall by William Linton.[9] This dwells on the changes the hall has seen over the centuries.

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  1. ^ a b c Historic England. "Hall i' th' Wood, Bolton (1388052)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 19 July 2012.
  2. ^ a b Historic England. "Hall i' th' Wood (44392)". Research records (formerly PastScape). Retrieved 19 July 2012.
  3. ^ Hartwell, Clare. Lancashire: Manchester and the South-East. p. 153.
  4. ^ Baines, Edward (1835), History of the cotton manufacture in Great Britain, London: H. Fisher, R. Fisher, and P. Jackson
  5. ^ Baines, Edward (1835), History of the cotton manufacture in Great Britain, London: H. Fisher, R. Fisher, and P. Jackson
  6. ^ "Samuel Crompton 1753–1827". Retrieved 21 April 2008.
  7. ^ Hartwell, Clare; Hyde, Matthew; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2004), Lancashire: Manchester and the South-East, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, pp. 153–155, ISBN 0-300-10583-5
  8. ^ Karl Beattie and Bev Parr (directors) (2008). Most Haunted (TV-Series). Hall i' th' Wood: Antix Productions.
  9. ^ Landon, Letitia Elizabeth (1832). "picture". Fisher's Drawing Room Scrap Book, 1833. Fisher, Son & Co.Landon, Letitia Elizabeth (1832). "poetical illustration". Fisher's Drawing Room Scrap Book, 1833. Fisher, Son & Co.

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Media related to Hall i' th' Wood at Wikimedia Commons

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