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CLEGG HALL

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Clegg Hall is a country house that was built in 1618 by Theophilus Ashton. It is thought to have been built on the site of a medieval (possibly 12th century) house and inn. It is a two storey building, rectangular in plan, constructed of dressed local stone with a stone slate roof and steep gables. It spans 5 x 3 bays with an attic level and basement. The hall has an imposing entrance with a central two storey porch, approached by a flight of steps, and a segmental-headed door opening. The windows of the house are generally three, four or five mullion and transomed. The simple elevations of the house have been described as an 'archetype for the Jacobean period'. The hall is thought to have been used as a dwelling until World War II after which it was deserted and left to decay, eventually turning to ruin. Some of the stone work, including part of the porch and a fireplace were subsequently stolen. In 1986, the Pennine Heritage Trust purchased the building in an attempt to conserve what remained. An interested party was eventually found to restore the building and £1 million of restoration work was carried out between 2004 and 2008. The hall is located within an important 19th century industrial complex and designated conservation area (1986), which includes weaver's cottages, textile mills, the Rochdale canal and agricultural buildings.

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