Historic Hall: Bramall Hall

Bramall Hall is the quintessential Tudor Manor House with origins dating to the 14th century. The house is a beautiful example of Cheshire “black and white” half-timbering, and one of the largest timber-framed houses in Northwest England. The historical house has undergone several additions during the 16th and 19th centuries. Currently, the momentous hall functions as a museum.

Anglo-Saxon Roots

During the Anglo-Saxon era, the manor of Bramall was described in the Doomesday Book while being held by the Masseys. Subsequently, the Davenports built the present house in the late 14th century and remained lords of the manor for about 500 years. They sold the estate to the Manchester Freeholders’ Company in 1877.

Manchester Freeholders’ Company was a property company formed expressly for the purpose of exploiting the estate’s potential for residential building development. The Hall and a residual park of over 50 acres was sold on by the Freeholders (though not the lordship of the manor) to the Nevill family of successful industrialists. After this, it passed many hands before being bought by Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council (SMBS). They describe the Hall as “the most prestigious and historically significant building in the Conservation Area”.

Grade I Listing

The marvellous hall is listed as a Grade I building and was designated such on the 9th of August, 1966. Bramall Hall offers a unique insight into the charming lives of the families and servants who lived and worked there. Further, the woodland walks feature intriguing glimpses of the Hall itself and of the brooks and lakes surrounding it.

The Davenports

The Davenports were a family of significant landowners in the Northwest of England. The first William Davenport was lord of the manor from 1478 to 1528, and may have been heavily involved in the historic battle that was instrumental in gaining the crown for Henry VII. He is just one example of the interesting people that lived in the historically significant Bramall Hall.