Ordsall Hall re-opens after a multi-million pound programme
of refurbishment

In Salford, a historic manor house is welcoming visitors again after the completion of a £6.5m facelift.

Ordsall Hall was closed two years ago to allow restoration and renovation work to take place on both the inside and outside of the building.

The project has meant some areas of the hall will open to the public for the first time.

Originally built around 1351 during the reign of Edward III, the hall reached the peak of its grandeur in the Tudor era.

The restoration of the building has concentrated on returning it to the way it looked in this period.

Inside the hall, areas such as the Great Chamber have been opened up for the first time.

Councillor Barry Warner, lead member for culture, leisure and sport at Salford city council, has been instrumental in the renovation project.

He said the hall was "one of the region’s oldest buildings and is a huge asset to the city and the wider community".

"We have a great responsibility to maintain buildings such as Ordsall as a way to preserve the city’s history," he said.

"In recent years, Salford has gone through a period of intense development and we have seen some magnificent new buildings arriving in the city, but we still need to protect these old treasures that give our children the opportunity to learn how life has changed and see first hand how people used to live."

He said that he had been very proud to be involved with the project and that "hopefully the work we have done will help to preserve this building for another 700 years".

The restoration project was funded by £4.1m from the Heritage Lottery Fund, with a further £2.4m raised by Salford City Council, donations and other grants.

It was, for 300 years, the family seat of the Radclyffe family and continued to be a family home until 1871 when it was surrounded by factories and industrial housing. Four years later, it was let as a workingmen’s club, then a training school for the clergy.

Salford Corporation purchased it in 1959 and it was opened to the public 39 years ago as a period house and local history museum.

Reputedly haunted, there is a ghost webcam set up by the city council at night time.

The £6.5million restoration of Ordsall Hall has been timed to fit in with the whole regeneration of the Ordsall estate, which nestles between Salford Quays and MediaCityUK on one side, and Manchester city centre on the other.

Although the hall has reopened to the public, the official opening party will take place in July.

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