Wardley Hall

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Wardley Hall
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Wardley Hall is located in Greater Manchester
Wardley Hall
Location within Greater Manchester
General information
Architectural style Medieval
Town or city Wardley, Worsley, Greater Manchester
Country England
Coordinates 53°30′55″N 2°21′57″W / 53.51522°N 2.365749°W / 53.51522; -2.365749
Completed c. 1500

Wardley Hall is an early medieval manor house and a Grade I listed building in the Wardley area of Worsley, in Greater Manchester (historically within Lancashire). (grid reference SD757021).[1] There has been a moat on the site since at least 1292. The current hall dates from around 1500 but was extensively rebuilt in the 19th and 20th centuries. The 1894 restoration was carried out by John Douglas.[2] The building is timber framed with a slate roof.[1]

The skull of St Ambrose Barlow, one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales, is preserved in a niche at the top of the main staircase.[3] He was hanged, drawn and quartered at Lancaster on 10 September 1641 after confessing to being a Catholic priest. According to legend, it is a screaming skull.[4]

Wardley Hall is the official residence of the Roman Catholic bishops of Salford.

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  1. ^ a b "Wardley Hall". Images of England. Retrieved 2008-01-14. 
  2. ^ Hartwell, Clare; Matthew Hyde; Nikolaus Pevsner (2004). The Buildings of England: Lancashire: Manchester and the South-East. New Haven: Yale University Press. p. 673. ISBN 0-300-10583-5. 
  3. ^ Historic England, "Wardley Hall (1215022)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 12 April 2015 
  4. ^ "Myths and Legends - Visit Salford". Salford City Council. Retrieved 24 August 2014. 

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