Manchester Reformation & Tudor




of Greater Manchester, Cheshire & Lancashire

Turton Tower

Chapeltown Road, Turton, near Bolton. Tel:
01204 852 203.

Turton Tower 1Turton Tower BoltonTurton Tower, Bolton

This medieval tower dates from the 14th century,
begun in Tudor times, and altered and extended during Stuart and Victorian
times – it now stands as it was in 1850. The home of Sir
Humphrey Chetham
, founder of Chetham’s Hospital and Chetham’s
Music School
in Manchester. He had been Lancashire treasurer for
the Roundhead forces in the Civil War and the tower was built to entertain
troops. Period rooms open to public viewing. The collection includes
a large display of furniture from the Victoria & Albert Museum in
London, as well as paintings and armour. The last occupant, Lady Nina
Knowles, presented the tower to the Urban Council in 1930, upon the
death of her husband, and it was used as a Council Chamber until local
government reorganisation in 1973. It is now by Turton Parish Council
and is administered by the Lancashire County Council Museum Service.
March, April and October: every afternoon except Thursday and Friday.
May-September every afternoon except Friday. Times may change – please
check before setting off.
There is a small admission charge, with concessions and family rates.
Refreshment tearoom.
About 3 miles north of Bolton town centre on the B6391 via A666 and

Adlington Hall

Adlington, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4LF. Tel: 01625-829
206 Fax: 01625-828 756.

Adlington Hall 1Adlington Hall 2

Member of the Historic Houses Association. The ancestral
home of the Legh family (pronounced “Lee”), since 1315, the resident
owners are Mr & Mrs A S Barnett-Legh. The present building dates from
between 1450 and 1505, and is a fine example of Tudor “black & white”
timber work, for which Cheshire is renowned.
In 1757, in keeping with the new fashion, a classical Georgian South
Front was added. In 1670 the Bernard Smith Organ was installed. Prior
to the Norman Conquest of Britain, Adlington was held by the Saxon Earl
Edwin, who had a hunting lodge there, but after 1066 it was passed to
Hugh Lupus, Earl of Chester and nephew of William the Conqueror.
Over 600 years of building are represented in the Hall, with many changes,
alterations and subtractions having been made, ( for example, originally
there was a moat). It was quadrangular in shape until 1928, when it
was decided that the house was too large, and the whole west side of
the quadrangle was, unfortunately, demolished.
Nevertheless, what survives intact is well worth seeing, and is notable
architecture of its type. Interiors are particularly beautiful with
elegant and valuable furnishings of all periods.
The Great Hall was the centre of the original house built by Thomas
Legh, and still is the house’s centre piece, with its great wall paintings,
the Bernard Smith Organ, and excellent wood panelling and ceiling.
The nearby Hunting Lodge has been converted with great care into a licensed
banqueting suite, available for hire, and specialising in wedding receptions
and conferences. Sunday Lunch is served, and there is accommodation
for up to 130 guests.
Limited opening – afternoons from Good Friday to end of September, Sundays
and Bank Holidays. Please check times before setting off.
About 5 miles south of Macclesfield and 1 mile south of Poynton village
centre just off the main A523 Stockport-Macclesfield Road. Signposted
at the traffic lights. From Manchester exit via the A6 to Stockport,
then continue towards Buxton. Take the right junction at the Rising
Sun Inn, signposted Macclesfield. Follow this road through Poynton.
Entry charge to Hall and Gardens, with concessions. Garden only entrance
at a reduced price available – please check. Special party rates by
prior arrangement.
Toilets, refreshments in the Hall, free car parking. Frequent and regular
events – folk dancing, craft fairs, etc.

Sources: See
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