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© Mr J M Pickering

IoE Number: 58232
Location: CHORLEY HALL AND OUTBUILDINGS, RYLEYS LANE (south side)
  ALDERLEY EDGE, MACCLESFIELD, CHESHIRE
Photographer: Mr J M Pickering
Date Photographed: 03 September 2003
Date listed: 10 September 1959
Date of last amendment: 06 July 1984
Grade I

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SJ 87 NWALDERLEY EDGE C.P.RYLEYS LANE(South Side)4/66Chorley Old Hall.(formerly listed as

SJ 87 NW ALDERLEY EDGE C.P. RYLEYS LANE (South Side) 4/66 Chorley Old Hall. (formerly listed as 10/9/1959 Chorley Hall and outbuildings) GV I Sub-Manor house: c1330 for de Chorley family, timber-framed portion of c1560 for Davenport family and refenestration and internal alterations c1640 for Thomas Stanley. Late C18 repairs and major renovations of 1915 and 1975. L-shaped plan. South range: coursed buff sandstone rubble with some later ashlar and brick in right gable. Kerridge stone-slate roof and 1 stone chimney. 2-storey, 3-bay (each gabled) north front. Left end bay has a 4-light, rebated ovolo-moulded mullioned and transomed window below, larger 5-light above with a flat moulded hood. Heavy timberwork of close studding with middle rail in gable. Central bay has an original moulded, rebated, 2-centred arched doorcase to screens passage under a label mould. This contains a heavy studded 6-board oak door with long iron strap hinges. Above is a similar 5-light window with light timberwork in gable. Right end bay has a 6-light mullioned and transomed window below with a central king mullion and the more usual 5-light above. Herringboning in gable. Rainheads dated 1915. To rear is a similar door to the screens passage, a 3-light hollow chamfered stone mullioned window to the buttery, and an original double rebated 2-light mullion under a label mould to the hall. Early, possibly C16 brickwork in gable. West range: small timber framing with decorated panels, on stone plinth. Kerridge stone-slate roof, stone ridge and a massive lateral stone chimney. 2-storey, 2-bay east front with a central gable. To left are wooden 5-light ovolo-moulded mullioned and transomed widows. To right is a door with a similar 3-light window above. In timber framing on ground storey, there is a chevron pattern. Projecting moulded beam at 1st floor. Roundels and cross motif in panels of 1st storey and in gable the major timbers are on the diagonal. Interior: South range: Screens passage has an arcade of 4, 2-centred arched doorways to service rooms and the kitchen passage. Spere posts survive but now filled in with C17 timber framing, and wattle and daub. Buttery has remains of spiral stone staircase to solar and existing wooden stair has some mid C17 turned balusters. Solar has squint window into hall, and upper crucks sprung from carved stone corbels. Floor inserted in hall c1640 and massive stone fireplace is now hidden by later brick example. East range: has wainscotting and 6-panelled doors of c1640 and a 1913 repaired Jacobean style overmantle. 2 Elizabethan stone fireplaces upstairs. This sub-manor house still stands within its moat and the hall unlike other Cheshire examples has not been swamped by later additions. R A Cordingley and R B Wood-Jones "Chorley Hall Cheshire" Ancient Monument Society Transactions 1960, 61-86.

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