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Hopwood Hall, Middleton

Description: Hopwood Hall

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 15 March 1957
English Heritage Building ID: 213464

OS Grid Reference: SD8748308299
OS Grid Coordinates: 387483, 408299
Latitude/Longitude: 53.5711, -2.1905

Location: Middleton, Rochdale M24 6XH

Locality: Middleton
County: Rochdale
Country: England
Postcode: M24 6XH

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Listing Text

SD 80 NE
(north-west side)
2/24 Hopwood Hall
- II*
House, now part of training college. Largely of the C17 and
C18 but incorporating parts of an early C16 open-hall
timber-framed structure and various C19 and C20 additions
and alterations. Brick with stone dressings and graduated
stone slate roof. Quadrangular 2-storey plan with later
additions to west including a C20 extension which is not of
special interest. A symmetrical gatehouse (of 1690 but
rebuilt in C20) gives access to the courtyard through double
studded-oak gates. It has a projecting plinth, stone quoins,
a segmental archway, and a flat roof replacing the original
pitched roof. Two 6-light double-chamfered stone mullion and
transom windows on each floor and a C19 oriel window in bay
2 with coat of arms and castellated parapet. The windows,
which have leaded lights and hoodmould (with coiled stops on
the ground floor) have on the whole been replaced or re-cut.
The C19 2-bay addition to right repeats similar details. The
left return consists of a library of c.1755 with C19 2-
storey bay window and a dining room of c.1840 with large
mullion and transom windows. The rear (south) elevation has
4 bays and various later additions which step up the hill to
left. The screens-passage door with stone surround remains
in its original position adjacent to a 2-storey late C16
canted bay window with 9-light mullion and transom windows
on each floor. The canted bay windows in bays 3 and 4 are
C19 but contribute greatly to the houses distinctive
character. Bay 1 has mullioned windows on each floor; the
later additions have casements. The numerous circular
chimney shafts are largely C19 or C20. Interior: the C16
roof trusses including the spere truss over the original
hall are all intact. They have king posts and cusped
braces. The floor which was inserted in the late C16 is also
complete with its heavily moulded beams. The extent to
which the timber frame still exists has not been fully
explored. Substantial quantity of carved oak includes doors,
door surrounds, fire surrounds, panelling etc. Its age and
origins are varied but much dates from the early C17.
Tudor-arched fire surround in stone dated 1658 bearing
initials FG and a coat of arms. Other features including
much C19 work are of interest. The house is particularly
noteworthy as an example of a quadrangular plan which
developed around a timber-framed open hall. C. S. Macdonald,
A history of Hopwood Hall, 1963.

Listing NGR: SD8748308299

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Source: English Heritage

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