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Tudor & Stuart

Lancashire Tudor and Stuart Halls

Swarthmoor Hall An Elizabethan house with an historic link to George Fox, founder of the Quakers

Damhouse, Astley A late Tudor manor house, preserved by the local community

Hoghton Tower, near Preston A Tudor house with commanding views over the local countryside

Gawthorpe Hall, near Padiham A grand Tudor country residence, with Victorian additions

Speke Hall A large Tudor house surrounded by Victorian gardens

Rufford Old Hall The impressive Tudor Great Hall, together with Stuart and Georgian additions make this a must see visit for lovers of  historical architecture

Park Hill House : Pendle Heritage Centre The history of the home of the Bannister family in Barrowford, now a well know museum and visitor centre

Turton Tower, Chapeltown near Bolton A Medieval Pele Tower with Tudor and Stuart additions has a long and intriguing history

Towneley Hall, Burnley The home of the Towneley family, who were often at odds with the rulers of their day

Stonyhurst Hall and College The home of the Shireburn family who were frequently at the mercy of the religious authorities…

Smithills Hall, Bolton Originally a Medieval hall with large Tudor and Victorian extensions

Samlesbury Hall, near Preston A Grade 1 listed Tudor manor house 

Astley Hall, Chorley Superb stately home and grounds, free to visit

Heskin Hall, Heskin, Chorley An impressive Tudor building, with something for collectors too…


Ruined Tudor and Stuart Halls

The Seven in Lancashire Allegations of demon possession and witchcraft at Cleworth Hall

Bradshaw Hall and Bleachworks, near Bolton A historic house that had a bleachworks built right next to it

Broughton Tower Although the tower was demolished two hundred years ago, a large part of the moat still exists on this little known site

Wycoller Hall ruins, near Colne Picturesque remnants of a once grand house

Bank Hall ruins, Bretherton, West Lancashire  Imposing ruins being restored by a committed local group

Lydiate Hall ruins, Lydiate, West Lancashire Picturesque ruins dating from the Tudor times


Tudor and Stuart School Houses

Chetham’s School and Library What started life as a Medieval College of Priests became two institutions that still thrive today

Bolton-le-Sands Free Grammar School Dating from the Stuart times, this listed building is still in use for local organisations

Old Grammar School, Middleton An imposing building constructed in the time of  Queen Elizabeth I and little changed since then

Church Cottage Museum  A small Tudor cottage near Preston holds a long and fascinating history, beginning with its role as a small school

Leyland’s Tudor Grammar School  Leyland once had an ancient school- but today its an excellent museum


Lancashire Tudor and Stuart Churches

St Leonard’s Church, Walton-le-Dale An impressive church on an imposing site

St Chad’s Church, Poulton-le-Fylde A fascinating church, and a turbulent history

The Strange Tale of Edward Kelley at Walton-le-Dale A Tudor tale of diabolical darkness

St John’s Parish Church Broughton A church that dates back to the Tudor times, with a wealth of history

St Margaret’s Church, Hornby A Tudor church with a huge amount of local history both inside and out

St Leonard’s Church, Middleton  A very old church in a commanding position, with a wealth of history

Lydiate Abbey, the ruined church of St Catherine, West Lancashire The church that never was an abbey….

Ormskirk Tudor Church Tower Find out why the church has both a tower and a steeple…


Lancashire Tudor and Stuart Crosses and Wells

Poulton-le-Fylde’s Market Square Curiosities A grand market cross, and more sinister relics of a bygone age

Foldys Cross, Towneley Hall, Burnley  A monument that has survived attacks and being moved more than once

Clitheroe’s Town Wells  One from Medieval times and two from the Stuart era,  these wells provide an interesting insight into town life in the past


Tudor and Stuart Barns

Great House Barn, Rivington   Huge timber cruck frames dating from the Stuart times


The Pack Horse Bridge at Turton Bottoms A rare survivor of from the age of horse transport


Memorials and Monuments

Roger Worthington’s Grave The story of how a single grave was placed on the moors above Hawkshaw


Folk Beliefs

The Seven in Lancashire A perplexing story of alleged demon possession and witchcraft

The Strange Tale of Edward Kelley at Walton-le-Dale A Tudor tale of diabolical darkness

The Cockpit of Conscience A new book about Stuart Age Lancashire

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