Tabley Old Hall and Moated Site, Nether Tabley, near Knutsford, Cheshire: Architectural and Archaeological Investigation

Author(s): Jayne Rimmer, Simon Taylor, David Went

Tabley Old Hall, the seat of the Leicester family of Tabley from the late 14th century, stands on a small island created from a peninsular on the north side of Tabley Mere near Knutsford in Cheshire. The original timber-framed Old Hall retained much of its architectural detail when it was encased, elaborated and extended in brick in the 1670s. It was superseded in 1767 when the family seat moved to Tabley House, a neo-Palladian mansion built by John Carr in a more prominent location nearby; yet it continued in use as a dwelling, as a symbol of the Leicester’s ancestry and heritage, and as a prominent feature of the new house’s parkland throughout the 19th and early- 20th centuries. The Old Hall’s ultimate demise in the 1920s resulted from catastrophic subsidence caused by historic brine pumping, which prompted the wholesale relocation of the island’s chapel, and the abandonment of the Old Hall to ruin following the removal of selected fixtures and fittings. The island is a scheduled monument and the roofless, part-standing remains of the Old Hall are a Grade II* Listed building. Both Hall and island have been placed on the Heritage at Risk Register due to the on-going threat of subsidence and the ruinous and deteriorating condition of the standing remains. This research has been commissioned by Historic England’s Heritage at Risk team in the North–West. Its purpose is to record the condition and understand the significance of the site, and thereby assist in the development of an innovative management plan in the face of factors which may not permit efforts to consolidate the standing masonry.

Report Number:
Research Report
Medieval Post Medieval Standing Building Standing Structure Architectural Investigation


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