Tatton Old Hall

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Tatton Old Hall
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Tatton Old Hall
Location Tatton Park near Knutsford, Cheshire, England
Coordinates 53°19′40″N 2°22′03″W / 53.3279°N 2.3674°W / 53.3279; -2.3674Coordinates: 53°19′40″N 2°22′03″W / 53.3279°N 2.3674°W / 53.3279; -2.3674
OS grid reference SJ 756 812
Listed Building – Grade II*
Designated 5 March 1959
Reference no. 1329674
Tatton Old Hall is located in Cheshire
Tatton Old Hall
Location in Cheshire

Tatton Old Hall is a historic building in Tatton Park near Knutsford, Cheshire, England. It is designated by English Heritage as a Grade II* listed building which is owned by the National Trust and administered in conjunction with Cheshire East Council.[1] Its site is a Scheduled Ancient Monument.[2]


The hall stands on a site near the village of Tatton, which has since disappeared.[2] It was built as a manor house around the start of the 15th century by either the Stanley family or Sir Richard Brereton. By 1585 a two-storey wing had been added at a right angle to the original house by Sir Thomas Egerton, Lord Chancellor of England. In the 1770s a new hall was built on the site of the present Tatton Hall and the old hall was used as a farmhouse and then a century later converted into three estate cottages.[3] It remained in the possession of the Egerton family until 1958 when it was given to the National Trust.[1]


The hall is built in red brick with a stone slate roof. It was originally timber-framed, but this was replaced by brick in the late 17th or early 18th century. The hall is L-shaped and externally appears to have two storeys. Internally the floors which were added to the older hall have been removed, exposing the complex wooden roof.[1] This has a carved wall plate, carved beams and three tiers of quatrefoil wind braces.[4] The hall contains a gallery which was added in the 20th century. The newer wing retains its two floors and is divided into separate rooms.[1]

Cruck barn

Cruck barn[edit]

In the grounds of the hall is a cruck barn dating from the beginning of the 17th century which was originally in a farm at Frodsham, Cheshire. In a dilapidated state, it was removed from its original site in 1976 and rebuilt and restored at Tatton. The barn is 70 feet (21 m) long and contains four crucks on sandstone plinths.[3] The long walls of the barn are timber-framed with brick infill on a stone base and the short sides are in plain brick. The roof is thatched in Norfolk reed with sedge on the ridge. On the southeast front are two double doors and one single door; on the northwest front is one single door. Internally, cambered ties have been inserted between the crucks. The barn is listed at Grade II.[5]

Present use[edit]

The hall and barn are open on advertised days for escorted tours, and group or educational visits can be arranged.[2] Historical re-enactments are organised on the site, which may have a medieval theme.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Historic England, "Tatton Old Hall (1329674)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 26 August 2012 
  2. ^ a b c Historic England, "Tatton medieval settlement, prehistoric settlement remains, the buried remains of Tatton Old Hall and mill dam (1016586)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 26 August 2012 
  3. ^ a b The History of the Old Hall, Tatton Park, archived from the original on 27 February 2013, retrieved 6 July 2014 
  4. ^ Hartwell, Clare; Hyde, Matthew; Hubbard, Edward; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2011) [1971], Cheshire, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, p. 627, ISBN 978-0-300-17043-6 
  5. ^ Historic England, "Cruck barn at Tatton Old Hall (1278564)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 26 August 2012 
  6. ^ Events at the Old Hall, Tatton Park, retrieved 9 September 2012