This is Westwood Hall, a magnificent building with a Jacobean styled exterior. The original building that stood on this site is said to have belonged to King Henry VIII’s favourite Knight, Francis Talbot. The manor was built at some point during the 17th century before being brought by John Davenport Snr (founder of Davenport Pottery) in 1813. He had the manor remodelled about 1820. The Hall was inherited by John Davenport Jnr (a lawyer) and he commissioned Hadfield, Weightman & Goldie to enlarge the Hall in 1850-53.
The Hall has been in use as a school since 1920 and is now known as Westwood High School & 6th Form College. The Hall suffered major fire damage in the mid 1980’s after 2 pupils broke in to steal from the school tuck shop & used matches to illuminate their passage through the building. Thankfully the Hall was restored to its former glory but at the time it cost £15,000 which was a massive sum of money. The Hall was given a Grade II listing on 10 March 1975.
The octagonal summerhouse was built during the 1850’s enlargement of the main Hall and was given a Grade II listing of its own on 14 October 1996.
Feature Image – Canon EOS 550D & 18-55mm kit lens, Exposure 30 Secs, Aperture f/9.0, ISO 100, Focal Length 18mm
Secondary Image – Canon EOS 550D & 18-55mm kit lens, Exposure 30 Secs, Aperture f/9.0, ISO 100, Focal Length 55mm
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