Hough End Hall

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Hough End Hall

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Hough End Hall as seen from Nell Lane
General information
Type Mansion
Architectural style Elizabethan
Address Nell Lane
Town or city Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester
Country England
Coordinates 53°26′10″N2°15′53″W / 53.436111°N 2.264722°W / 53.436111; -2.264722 Coordinates: 53°26′10″N2°15′53″W / 53.436111°N 2.264722°W / 53.436111; -2.264722
Completed 1596
Sir Nicholas Mosley pictured in 1599 as Lord Mayor of London Sir Nicholas Mosley.png
Sir Nicholas Mosley pictured in 1599 as Lord Mayor of London

Hough End Hall is a historic house now in Chorlton-cum-Hardy, (originally in Withington [1] ), Manchester, North West England. It was built in 1596 during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I by Sir Nicholas Mosley (ca. 1527–1612), when he became Lord of the Manor of Manchester and of the dependent Manor of Withington (Chorlton-cum-Hardy was at the time a township within the Manor of Withington). The Mosleys were an influential Mancunian family from the 16th century onwards, and prominent in the affairs of the Manchester district for two and a half centuries.

Chorlton-cum-Hardy suburban area of the city of Manchester, England

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The house stands on Nell Lane, just north-east of Barlow Moor Road. Behind it runs the route of the Metrolink to East Didsbury and Manchester Airport, and Chorlton Brook runs past it on the north side (Mauldeth Road West passes it on the southern side). It is a brick, three-storey brick building with gabled wings, which are ornamented with balls. The central portion of the house is surmounted with a parapet in the form of three smaller gables with similar finials. The chimneys are square shafts set diagonally on square bases.

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History and restoration

Over the years the house has been considerably altered, with new windows and structural alterations. The original oak nail-studded back door is now inside the house, and a five-light window on the return of the staircase bay is built up and can only be seen from inside. The house has previously been used as a toolhouse, a blacksmith's shop and a farmhouse. The interior had been stripped of its original oak fittings by the 20th century; a handsome staircase at the east end of the house was removed by Lord Egerton to Tatton Hall. Restoration in the later 20th century proved controversial. [2]

Tatton Hall Grade I listed historic house museum in Cheshire East, United Kingdom

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In 1917 some of the lands of the Hough End estate lying to the north-east of the hall, and north of the Midland Railway line, were taken over by the War Department for use as Alexandra Park Aerodrome until closure in 1924; it is now used as a public recreational space. [3]

Alexandra Park Aerodrome former airport serving Manchester, England

Alexandra Park Aerodrome was the second purpose-built aerodrome in the Manchester area in England. The site was chosen by the War Department in 1917 because of its open agricultural nature, and lay between the neighbouring districts of Fallowfield, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Whalley Range, Withington and West Didsbury, at the junction of Princess Road and Mauldeth Road West, three miles south of Manchester's city centre: the land was owned by the Egerton Estate. The aerodrome's brief existence is commemorated on a plaque in the sports pavilion at Hough End Playing Fields, which now occupy part of the site. A commemorative plaque was unveiled on 7 July 2007 to mark the 90th anniversary of the aerodrome and is located in the grounds of No. 184 Squadron, Air Cadets, in Hough End Crescent.

Present day

Today, Hough End Hall is surrounded by large concrete office blocks, partially hiding it from public view. It has Grade II* [4] listed building status, As mentioned above, part of the former grounds (along Mauldeth Road West) had been the site of the Alexandra Park Aerodrome, until 1924. They are now used for the Greater Manchester Police police horse and dog training centre, the Hough End Centre, Broughton Park RUFC's ground, and Hough End Playing Fields, including the site of the new swimming pool for Chorlton-cum-Hardy and Withington.

Greater Manchester Police Police force of Manchester, England and surroundings

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Broughton Park RUFC

Broughton Park RUFC, is one of the oldest rugby union clubs in England and was established in 1882, just one year after the Lancashire County Rugby Football Union was founded and eleven years after the formation of the national Rugby Football Union. The first XV plays in North 1 West, a sixth level league in the English league system following their promotion as champions of South Lancs/Cheshire 1 at the end of the 2017-18 season.

There was a fundraising campaign by The Friends of Hough End Hall to turn the building into a community centre. [3] In late 2015, a local group purchased the building and said it would be called Hough End Hall Academy, adding that it will be used for educational purposes. [5]

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