Stayley Hall in spotlight as subject of new booklet

A NEW booklet chronicling the history of Grade II listed Stayley Hall has been produced as part of Greater Manchester’s Past Revealed series.

An excavation at Stayley Hall

The exterior of the hall, dating back to the 14th or 15th centuries, has been preserved with the hall and outbuildings converted into residential units by Persimmon Homes. 

However, much of the original fabric of Stayley Hall, along with several outbuildings, was lost during the period of decline in the 20th century, hastened in the early 1990s by a roof collapse and water ingress.

As a result, roof materials and internal timbers were removed, prompting a comprehensive programme of historic building survey and archaeological investigation.

Over a period of 25 years, the Royal Commission for Historic Monuments England, Greater Manchester Archaeological Unit, the University of Manchester Archaeological Unit, and York Archaeological Trust all carried out and reported significant pieces of investigation and recording.

This new booklet, launched by Tameside Local History Forum and available at Tameside Local Studies Library in Ashton, presents the results of these studies in an easy-to-read and heavily illustrated format. 

The origins and historic development of the hall and its outbuildings are described and illustrated, from the medieval period through high status rebuilding in the 16th century, its changing role as a farm complex serving the growing urban population to its sad decline.

Persimmon Homes funded the booklet, which has been prepared by York Archaeological Trust with support from Norman Redhead and Mike Nevell at the Centre for Applied Archaeology, University of Salford.

The booklet is available priced at just £2.50.

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