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Rufford Old Hall

Rufford Old Hall was built originally as an H-plan house in c.1530 for Sir Robert Hesketh, the illegitimate son of a family which had been lords of the manor for at least 7 generations. The imposing great hall, the cross bar of the H, survives; the west wing has gone, and the east wing was rebuilt in the 1720s, connecting with a Caroline accommodation block. The east wing was enlarged and refitted in the 1820s in a Tudor Gothic style by John Foster the Younger for Thomas Henry Hesketh. There is very fine Tudor decoration to be found inside, as well as a carved hammer-beam hall roof, a rare movable hall screen with traceried panels and a drawing room with 16th-century arched-brace roof timbers.

Visitor Information

Address:
200 Liverpool Road,
Rufford,
near Ormskirk,
Lancashire,
England,
L40 1SG

Telephone: 01704 821254

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/rufford-old-hall

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Rufford Old Hall, Lancashire (Accredited Museum)

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Rufford Old Hall was built for the Hesketh family in about 1530, and its timber-framed Great Hall survives as a spectacular example of Tudor construction, with a ‘hammerbeam’ roof (unique among Lancashire houses) and rich decorative carving. Additions to the building in the 18th and 19th centuries are in the same romantic Tudor Gothic style, and this is reflected in the remarkable collection of ‘Gothic Revival’ furnishings, particularly carved oak furniture, tapestries, stained glass, and arms and armour.

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