Clayton Hall is a Grade II*-listed building and a rare example of a moated, medieval site. Standing on a scheduled ancient monument, it is situated in Clayton Park. The original hall was built for the Clayton family in the 12th Century; it later passed into the hands of the Byron family, of which the poet Lord Byron was a member. The Byrons lived here until they sold it to two London merchants, George and Humphrey Chetham. The hall was partly rebuilt and enlarged in the 18th century with further remodelling taking place in the early and late 20th century.
Clayton Hall is owned by Manchester City Council and managed by the Trustees and Friends of Clayton Park who open the Hall to the public and organise and run school and group visits. Rooms in the later part of the building have been dressed in Victorian style and offer an opportunity to see what it would have been like to live here in the late 1800s. The timber section includes a Clayton Hall/Manchester memories room, a Humphrey Chetham room and a tea room/gift shop.
I’ll be talking to the Friends of Clayton Hall about this significant building, and also about their work to preserve and promote this bit of our local history.
As always, I’ll also be taking a look through Yesterday’s Papers on the show. And you can pit your wits against the Who Am I? quiz – just how well do you know North Manchester’s landmark buildings?
Tune in on Tuesday at 12 on 106.6FM (if you’re in the North Manchester area) or listen online (if you’re further afield).
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