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Brief description of site

Hopwood Hall was originally a moated site of medieval origin. In later phases the property had pleasure grounds and an extensive park with scattered woods. Features in the grounds included a kitchen garden, ice house, ha-ha, Italian garden, fountain, corn mill and small cross-shaped bower or grotto. Some of these may survive. The Hall is now a college.

Brief history of site

The hall was first built by the Hopwood family in the 13th or 14th century. It was originally fortified by a moat. Few alterations were made to the estate until the 1840s. A number of changes were made to the grounds around the hall between 1910 and 1927. The estate was acquired by the De La Salle brothers in 1947 and is now a college.

Location information:

Address: Rochdale Road, M24 6XH

Locality: Middleton

Local Authorities:

Greater Manchester; Rochdale; North Middleton

Historical County: Lancashire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 109 Grid Ref: SD875087
Latitude: 53.5747 Longitude: -2.19024


North of the A664, west of Oldham

Key information:

Form of site: park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: college

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 150

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