National Trust Rufford Old Hall

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One of Lancashire’s finest 16th-century buildings, the spectacular Great Hall has an intricately carved ‘moveable’ wooden screen and dramatic hammer-beam roof.

Rufford Old Hall was built in 1420 by Sir Thomas Hesketh in Rufford, Lancashire, England. Only the Great Hall survives from the original building but it clearly indicates the wealth and position of the family.

The Great Hall was built to impress with a splendid Hammerbeam roof and a huge carved wooden screen. There is some evidence to suggest that Shakespeare performed in the Great Hall whilst in service to (a later) Sir Thomas Hesketh.

In 1661 a brick wing was built at right angles to the great hall which contrasts with the medieval black and white timbering.

In the 1820s a third wing was constructed, formed out of the medieval domestic offices, and a castellated tower was built to join the Great Hall to the Charles II wing. ha

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