History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Despite its 14th century origins, late medieval and Tudor remodeling have changed the house considerably.
The Great Hall was built in the late 15th century by Thomas Legh, centred around the pair of ancient oaks.
This Tudor style is oddly juxtaposed beside the classical style wing and west front added to the house in the 18th century by Charles Legh, who also served as High Sheriff. Charles Legh was friends with composer George Frideric Handel, who gave him the manuscript of a score for a hunting song he had composed. The score is still proudly owned by the Legh family.
The house is surrounded by landscaped gardens, a product of the 18th century. A Temple of Diana was added later, and in the 20th century a rose garden and maze were created. The surrounding estate at Adlington extends to over 2,000 acres, with woodland walks, a lake, and an off-road driving course!
The hall and gardens are open by prior arrangement to groups, and can be booked for corporate events.
For whatever reason, I was the only visitor on the guided tour when I visited. Perhaps it was the fact that it was the last tour of the day. Whatever the reason, I fel very privileged, for I had the guide all to myself, and had a wonderfully personalised experience of the house. The thing that stays in my memory is the quite astounding Great Hall, which seems almost dwarfed by the huge 1670 organ. This astonishing musical instrument is so imposing, so overwhelming, that it is almost too much to take in. I can't think of any historic musical instrument in any stately home in the country that is quite so impressive.
About Adlington Hall
Address: Mill Lane, Adlington, Macclesfield, Cheshire, England, SK10 4LF
Attraction Type: Historic House
Location: to the W of the A523 in Adlington, 6 miles N of Macclesfield
Website: Adlington Hall
Phone: 01625 827 595
Historic Houses Association
OS: SJ906 805
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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