Puddington Old Hall

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Puddington Old Hall stands on a former moated site in the village of Puddington, Cheshire, England. It is sited near the England-Wales border, overlooking the Dee estuary.[1]

History[edit]

The house originated in the 15th century as a timber-framed house with a quadrangular plan surrounding a central courtyard. Three sides of the building are still present. It was built for the Masseys, a prominent Jacobite family.[1] During the Popish Plot, John Plessington, tutor to the Massey children and a Catholic priest was seized at the house, and hanged at Chester Castle in 1679.[1][2] The house was re-walled in the early 18th century, and there are some additions dated 1909. The building has since been divided into two houses and a flat.[2]

Architecture[edit]

Puddington Old Hall is timber-framed, with roughcast brick cladding on the outer walls. It is roofed with Welsh slates and has a stone ridge.[2] The 15th-century timber framing is still visible in the inner walls. There is close studding on the north and west ranges.[1] The plan of the house consists of three ranges around a courtyard. It has two storeys with attics.[2] On the south side of the courtyard is an open gallery above a cloister.[1] The house is designated by English Heritage as a Grade II* listed building.[2]

Associated structures[edit]

Associated with the hall are three structures designated as Grade II listed buildings. To the north of the hall is a dovecote dating from the later part of the 18th century. It is constructed in brick, and has a pyramidal roof of Welsh slates with a stone ridge. The structure is in two storeys with a square plan.[3] Also to the north of the hall is a courtyard of farm buildings dating from the late 17th and the 18th centuries.[4] To the west of the house is an outbuilding dating from the 18th and 19th centuries that formerly comprised a stable and a dovecote.[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e de Figueiredo, Peter; Treuherz, Julian (1988), Cheshire Country Houses, Chichester: Phillimore, pp. 262, 264, ISBN 0-85033-655-4 
  2. ^ a b c d e Historic England, "Puddington Old Hall, Priest's House and Priest's House Flat (1115567)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 12 August 2012 
  3. ^ Historic England, "Dovecote 80 metres north of Puddington Old Hall (1115524)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 12 August 2012 
  4. ^ Historic England, "Courtyard of farm buildings 50 metres north of Puddington Old Hall (1130580)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 12 August 2012 
  5. ^ Historic England, "Outbuilding 30 metres west of Puddington Old Hall (1330283)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 12 August 2012 

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Coordinates: 53°15′09″N 3°00′41″W / 53.25245°N 3.01142°W / 53.25245; -3.01142