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LOWER HUXLEY HALL

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A moated site, the island of which is occupied by Lower Huxley Hall, its gardens and lawns. The island is sub-square and measures circa 40 metres each way. It is surrounded by a waterlogged moat varying in width between 9-14 metres. The moat is lined by sandstone wall on its outer edge along the north-west and much of the south-west arms, and on its inner edge along the north-west and north-east arms. Access to the island is via a late medieval arched sandstone bridge (Listed Grade II*) across the north-west arm with secondary access being provided by a sandstone footbridge across the north-east arm.

The present house is late 15th century with major additions and alterations of early-mid 17th century. There is also a small addition to the rear of early 19th century. The house is partly timber-framed internally with the remainder in English and Flemish bond orange brick, with blue brick diapering, and buff sandstone dressings under a graduated Welsh slate roof. Its plan has developed for that of a medieval hall into a courtyard, now reduced to an L-shape.

Huxley was held by the Canons of St Werburgh Abbey, Chester, from whom it passed to the Benedictine Order, although it is uncertain which of their monastries controlled it. After the Dissolution it passed through the hands of various families and was garrisoned for Parliament by Colonel Croxton during the Civil War in 1644.

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