Peover Hall is a historical red-brick 16th century house with the addition of imposing Jacobean stables. The country house is located in the civil parish of Peover Superior, which is commonly known as Over Peover, Cheshire, England. In the National Heritage List for England, Peover Hall is designated as a Grade II* listed building. The historic hall is an Elizabethan house that boasts a fascinating history and is still used as a family home today.
The History of Peover Hall
The historic house was built in Cheshire in 1585 for Sir Ralph Mainwaring. There have been alterations to the to the house over the centuries in around 1653-56, 1764, 1944 and in 1966. A new wing was added by the fourth baronet, Sir Henry, before the Peels bought the hall and the estate in 1919. It was later acquired by the Brooks family some 20 years later.
The house has experienced many historical moments. During the Second World War, the house had to be requisitioned and used as the headquarters for General George Patton. He was the General of the United States 3rd Army and was in Cheshire to train for the D-Day landings in 1944. The historical Peover Hall has also housed a POW camp. These powerful moments in world history caused a lot of damage to the house; this was partly a result of a fire started by a US soldier. The Brooks family undertook major renovations and restorations of the hall ever since. Randle and Juliet Brooks currently reside in Peover Hall.
The Surrounding Estate
There are surrounding areas of Peover Hall that have great historical value and significance. The stable block around Peover Hall is dated back to 1654 and is listed at Grade I. It contains beautiful Tuscan style columns and an elaborately decorated panelling ceiling. The coach house is also listed at Grade II, as well as the ashlar gate piers and the wrought iron gates. The gates were brought to Peover Hall from Alderley Park. These added to the historical value of the Peover Hall.