We have just received the kind gift of two watercolour paintings from Pamela Woosey, of Ramsbottom. They were painted by her grandfather, A. Victor Strange, in 1913 and 1914.
Pamela remembers coming down to the Hall by tram from her home in Prestwich.
The paintings give an idea of the Hall in its still rural setting just before the Great War of 1914-18.
In this picture, we see the Hall from the South side, from what is now Mauldeth Road West, looking towards Chorlton Park with its trees.
In the second picture, we see the garden of the Hall from the other side. The man appears to be cutting the grass with a scythe. The outbuildings have long disappeared, and the garden wall is now where the monstrosity of Mauldeth House stands.
Thank you Pamela for this interesting insight into the history of the Hall.
Hough End Hall, Chorlton-cum-Hardy – Let’s make it ours!
This video gives you a general explanation of this project to bring Hough End Hall under comunity ownership and management as a resource for the people of Chorlton and South Manchester. To donate to the project click this link. Our crowdfunding call will follow soon.
Published on 10 Jul 2014
The Friends of Hough End Hall, Chorlton-cum-Hardy are seeking to raise money to the tune of about £300,000 so that they can buy the Grade 2* listed Hough End Hall for the use of the South Manchester community.
In the film, Peter Topping, Carolyn Kagan and Andrew Simpson all talk about the hall, what it has been in the past and what it is hoped it will become in the future, as a place to meet, a place to eat, for art and education and as a social and recreational centre.
Friends of Hough End Hall is a not for profit company registration no 9096872.
Paintings and music by Peter Topping.
Film sponsored by Hardy Productions UK, filmed and presented in 4K (3840×2160 pixels).
To donate to the project click this link. Our crowdfunding call will follow soon.
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Hough End Hall in the summer of 1925
An occasional series dedicated to looking down at Chorlton from the air. Here is Hough End Hall in the summer of 1925 taken from an Imperial Airways aircraft. I guess this shot was taken on the same day as the one of the green I posted earlier this month. To the north of the hall is Chorlton Brook which meanders through open fields.
Picture; aerial view of Hough End Hall 1925, m72046, Courtesy of Manchester Libraries, Information and Archives, Manchester City Council
Labels: Chorlton from the air
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Great day at The PostBox Café with Chorlton Community Market. We had lots of interest and Carolyn received a £1,000,000 note donation. Lots of people signed up to join and donated money to help buy Hough End Hall.