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News Update

Yipee!!! our 'Old lady' has been officially handed over to the contractors who will be carrying out the rewiring work.
They seem like nice people, hope they will be gentle with her.
Unfortunately it's looking like our February open days will need to be cancelled as well as the January one, we will keep you up to date with progress.

There will be no rest for us though as we have to pack everything up and shift it out so that the work can take place and then we will have to wash everything, clean, decorate, sand floors and restore order once the contracors move out.

If anyone has a few hours spare in the New Year and would like to help out we would love to hear from you. Either private message Clayton Hall on Facebook or email

Thank you once again for your continued support throughout 2016. See you in the New Year. xx


If you would like to support the Clayton Hall project there are various ways that you can help.  

You could become a Friend of Clayton Park,  just come along to the next Friends meeting which is on  Tuesday 14th February, 2017 commencing 5pm at Clayton Hall, you will be made very welcome.

You could volunteer your time to help in the Hall or garden.

You can make a donation to the charity by clicking on the Paypal link at the bottom of this page.  Your donations will help us to keep admission free on public open days, to prepare the Tudor side of the building for visitors and to help with the upkeep and day to day running of the Hall.


You can click on the following link and add a review about your visit., 

Visit Clayton Hall and take a step back in time in the Victorian rooms, reminisce in the memories room or enjoy a chat and light refreshments in our tea room/gift shop.                                                 

History talks commence at 12 noon and 2pm meet on the moat bridge.
Admission to the Hall is free on open days, donations to the project gratefully received. Check out dates on our Open Days information page.

Please note: Parking in Clayton Hall compound is for disabled badge holders only. Park on side streets or in bays at front of park on Ashton New road. Please be aware of parking restrictions which apply when Manchester City FC are playing at home and be sure to park outside restricted area.

St. Cross parish church will be open from 1pm till 3pm on all open days in co-operation with Clayton Hall.

Visit their website at for more information

Clayton Hall

Clayton Hall is a Grade 2* listed building and a rare example of a moated, medieval site.  Standing on a scheduled ancient monument it is situated in Clayton Park, Ashton new Road, Clayton, Manchester M11 4RU.

The original hall was built for the Clayton family in the 12th Century, it later passed into the hands of the Byron family, of which the poet Lord Byron was a member. The Byron’s lived here until they sold it to two London merchants, George and Humphrey Chetham.  Humphrey is famous for founding Chethams School and Library in the centre of Manchester.

Externally the building is finished mainly in red brick, with some square-panelled timber framing at first floor level. Viewed from the front, the right hand section is the older part of the building, dating back to the 15th century and altered in the 16th and 17th century. It was partly rebuilt and enlarged in the 18th century with further remodelling taking place in the early and late 20th century. 

Rooms in the later part of the building have been dressed in Victorian style and offer an opportunity to see what it would have been like to live here in the late 1800's.

Access to the Hall is via a Grade 2 listed, masonry bridge over the moat (at present dry).  The bridge is thought to date from the 17th century and is constructed of coursed square sandstone, over two segmental stone arches.

Clayton Hall is owned by Manchester City Council and managed by the Friends of Clayton Park who open the Hall to the public and organise and run school and group visits.

Become a friend of Clayton Hall on 'her' Facebook page

You can arrange a school or group visit to Clayton Hall at a time and date to suit you. Contact us at 

For photo's of all things happening at Clayton Hall see the scrapbook page



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