Hannah Kate

poet, short story writer and editor based in Manchester

Clayton Hall: More Writing Prompts (Week 4)

Over the four weeks, I’ve been posting a series of writing prompts inspired by some of the places associated with Clayton Hall. I started with the Hall itself, then went to Crumpsall Park, and then Bailey’s Wood. This week, I went to Boggart Hole Clough.

In last week’s post, I included a little bit of history to explain the connection between Clayton Hall and Bailey’s Wood. Boggart Hole Clough shares this history, and here’s a brief recap for you: Boggart Hole Clough, like Bailey’s Wood, is a remnant of the medieval Blackley Deer Park. In the late Middle Ages, the Byron family were the subinfeudatory lords of Manchester. Their house was at Clayton Hall, and the Blackley park was one of their hunting grounds, stretching from the edge of Harpurhey into Alkrington. When the Byrons lost the last of their money and power in the seventeenth century, Humphrey Chetham bought Clayton Hall, and Humphrey Booth bought a portion of the Blackley park, where he built Booth Hall. In 1894, a large part of the Booth Hall estate was sold to Manchester Corporation, who turned it into Boggart Hole Clough, which remains as a municipal park.

Each day this week, my Clough-inspired writing prompts have been shared on the Lakeside Cafe social media, but here they all are in one place for you.


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