Greater Manchester i& Lancashire Country Houses


Photos of Arley Hall
by John & Gloria Moss.
All others by Gary Burns

Renaissance & Palladian Houses in North West

Towneley Hall

Art Gallery & the Museum of Local Crafts & Industries,
Burnley, Lancashire. Tel: 01282-424213.

This fine old house, owned by Burnley Borough Council,
dates back to the 14th century, although there are 17th and 19th century
modifications. Its furnished rooms include a good example of an Elizabethan
Long Gallery and a fine entrance hall with plasterwork by Vassali
completed in 1729. Collections include old oak furniture, as well
as 18th and 19th century paintings, including a portrait of Charles
Towneley by Zoffany. Other loaned exhibitions are mounted throughout
the summer months. There is also a Museum of Local Crafts and Industries
in the Old Brew House, a Natural History Centre, and an Aquarium on
the grounds. Many traditional local crafts and activities are displayed
here, including Morris Dancing and Falconry.

Townley Hall near BurnleyTownley Hall 2Townley Hall 3

About � mile south-east of Burnley on the A671 Burnley-Todmorden Road.

Open all year round, Monday-Friday and on Sundays afternoons. Closed
Saturdays, and over the Christmas-New Year period. Admission Free.

Refreshments are available at the caf� during the summer.

Haigh Hall & Country

Near Wigan WN2 1PE. Tel:
Once the manorial home of the Bradshaw (Bradshaigh) Family, Haigh Country
Park lies in the former estate of Haigh Hall, open to the public as
well as being used for functions, and is a delightful venue, particularly
for families with young children.

Haigh Hall & Country Park near WiganHaigh Hall, Wigan

The country park covers
more than 250 acres, with a model village, children’s playground and
a narrow gauge steam railway, all set in wooded parkland and open air.
For adults there are golf ranges, as well as Mini Golf and Crazy Golf
greens. The so-called Haigh Plantations are worth a visit for the devoted
horticulturist, as there are many miles of trails through gardens, park
and woodland.
The Stables is an Arts & Craft Centre based at Haigh Country Park. Resident
artists help visitors explore their creative talents. Craft Fairs are
held several times a year and every Sunday in December along with Father
Several times a year there are major events held in the park, including
a May Day Carnival, Motor Show, Town & Country Fairs, an August Carnival,
and a seasonal visit by Father Christmas.

Located about 3 miles north of Wigan centre off the A135239. Open daily
with free entrance to the Park. An admission charge is payable for entry
to the Hall and the model village.

Arley Hall & Gardens

Arley, Great Budworth, Near Northwich, Cheshire CW9
6NA. Tel: 01565-777353. Fax: 01565-777465.

This ancestral Hall, owned
by Lord & Lady Ashbrook, though built as recently as 1840, stands
on a site which has been occupied by the same family for some 500 years.
It is a fine example of early Victorian “Jacobean” style, and house
a great deal of fine plasterwork and oak panelling, as well as a magnificent
library, paintings, porcelain and furniture. There is also a private
family chapel designed by Anthony Salvin. One of its celebrated housekeepers
was Elizabeth Raffald, the
Manchester author. It was here she met and married John Raffald, head
gardener at Arley Hall for many years. Its 12 acre garden ranks as one
of the best in Britain, and was winner of the Christie’s “Garden of
the Year” Award in 1987.
These old established gardens overlook beautiful parklands, and include
a double herbaceous border established in 1846, a unique avenue of clipped
Quercus Ilex in the shape of giant cylinders, a shrub rose collection,
a walled garden, herb garden, scented garden, and a woodland garden
which has been developed over the last 20 years with an interesting
collection of exotic trees and shrubs including over 200 varieties of
rhododendron. Various events held throughout the year.

The Library

About 5 miles north of Northwich, 6 miles west of Knutsford and 7 miles
south of Warrington, 5 miles off the M6 Motorway (exit Junctions 19
or 20), and 5 miles off the M56 Motorway (exit Junctions 9 or 10). Nearest
main roads A49 and A50. Well signposted off the A556 or A559.

Open April-September Tuesdays to Sundays, afternoons only. Closed Mondays
except Bank Holidays. Guided tours (15+ persons) at other times by prior
arrangement. Times may have changed – please check before setting off.

The Grand Staircase

There is a small charge for entry to Gardens and to the Hall – children
and senior citizens go at a reduced price. Please telephone to check
prices before setting out.

Refreshments – licensed light lunches and teas in the converted Tudor
Barn. Shop and plant nursery. Craft workers. Woodland walk. Toilets.
Facilities for the disabled (toilets and ramps). Picnic area. Dogs allowed
in the gardens on a lead.

Sources: See Bibliography
– Books about Manchester

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