The His­toric Homes of Eng­land

Bra­mall Hall, Cheshire

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Dat­ing back to Tu­dor times, Bra­mall Hall is, con­fus­ingly, sit­u­ated in Bramhall, a sub­urb of Stock­port. There have been a num­ber of dif­fer­ent spellings down the cen­turies and, even more con­fus­ingly, the 70-acre land­scaped grounds, in­cor­po­rat­ing wood­land, lakes and gar­dens, are called Bramhall Park. The Lady­brook and Carr Brook both run through the es­tate which once cov­ered more than 2,000 acres when it was home to cat­tle, deer, and horses, and also used for hunt­ing.

Im­por­tant in An­glo-saxon times the lo­cal manor was dec­i­mated by Wil­liam the Con­queror af­ter he be­gan har­ry­ing the north in 1069. The land later passed to the Daven­port fam­ily who held it for more than 500 years, build­ing the first tim­ber-framed house dur­ing the 14th cen­tury. Much changed, and pos­si­bly van­dalised at one stage, sev­eral struc­tural al­ter­ations and re­build­ing took place dur­ing the 16th and 19th cen­turies. The house and es­tate re­mained in the hands of the Daven­ports un­til 1877 when it was sold but re­mained empty un­til ac­quired five years later by the in­dus­tri­al­ist, Thomas Nevill, for his son Charles. In 1916 it passed to Charles’s nephew and adopted son, also called Thomas but he was forced to sell up af­ter the First World War when it was ac­quired by John Henry Davies, Pres­i­dent of Manch­ester United Foot­ball Club. His widow later sold it to Hazel Grove and Bramhall UDC with a view to it be­ing opened to the public.

Hap­pily, both the house and grounds re­main open un­der the aus­pices of Stock­port Coun­cil and have been used for a va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing the back­drop to sev­eral films and tele­vi­sion’s Coro­na­tion Street. With help from the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund this Grade 1 listed build­ing has now been com­pletely re­stored.

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