© Mr David H Swain ARPS
HALL I TH WOOD, HALL I TH WOOD LANE (west side)
BOLTON, BOLTON, GREATER MANCHESTER
Mr David H Swain ARPS
31 July 2000
23 April 1952
Date of last amendment:
23 April 1952
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SD71SW HALL I' TH' WOOD LANE
797-1/2/105 (West side)
23/04/52 Hall i' th' Wood
Small manor house, now in use as museum. Early C16, extended
to north-west in 1591, and to south-west in 1648. Restored
c1900 by Jonathan Simpson and Grayson and Ould, for Lord
MATERIALS: original building is timber-framed with stone
flagged roof; ornamental framing comprising herringbone,
quatrefoil scroll-work and chequerboard panelling, with coving
to jetty of first floor, and to jettied gable apexes. The
later additions are both of coursed and squared stonework.
PLAN: the original plan comprises a hall range with northern
cross wing; lateral stack against rear wall of hall range, and
a second in rear wall of cross wing (end wall stack on cross
wing a later insertion).
EXTERIOR: entrance in angle with cross wing, with opposed
western entrance to rear in storey porch projection. Hall
forms a 2-window range, with 5-light mullioned windows to
first floor, high level band of low windows below jettying to
ground floor and a 6-light mullioned and transomed window to
right, with similar window in gable return, which has paired
6-light mullioned and transomed windows forming a long band at
first floor. Projecting cross wing to the north with 7-light
mullioned and transomed window to first floor, and mullioned
windows of 4 and 2 lights set high up in the ground floor.
Northern return of this wing is stone faced with side and rear
wall stacks, extended by a single bay to the north-west in
1591. Chamfered arched doorway to west of original building,
with 6-light window on each floor, with transoms to first
floor. Asymmetrically arranged windows in gabled southern
elevation of the late C16 addition, 2 3-light mullioned
windows with an 8-light window above to the east.
South-west wing added in 1648 (dated on rainwater goods and
probably originally on stone over entrance now defaced): 2
storey, with storey porch to right; round arched entrance with
5-light mullioned and transomed window above. Obelisk finials
to parapet of porch, and to eaves parapet of main range, which
is a single-window range with 10-light mullioned and transomed
window on each floor, each with continuous hoodmould forming
string course. Gabled return to west has full height canted
bay window, parapet with obelisk finials.
INTERIOR: the C17 extension retains its original staircase set
behind the storey porch: closed string with fielded panelled
decoration, turned balusters and heavy newels with acorn
finials and pendants. Several rooms have wood panelling and
plaster ceilings which were inserted in the early years of the
C20, the panelling removed from other C16 or C17 houses, and
the plasterwork modelled on examples which survived elsewhere.
HISTORY: in 1758, the family of Samuel Crompton leased the
house, and Samuel was living there while developing the
spinning mule. In 1899, the house was bought by Lord
Leverhulme who gave it to the Corporation of Bolton in 1900.
The instatement of the period interiors was carried out under