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Tuesday, 17 April 2012

ABC Wednesday: Newton Hall

Today's post for ABC Wednesday is N for "Newton Hall". Newton Hall is on the north side of Hyde, around 2 miles south of Ashton.

It is a very timely occasion to show a photo of this medieval hall, as this week sees the start of a major archaeological dig around the grounds of the hall, where members of the public have been invited to take part.

The photograph was taken yesterday and shows work being undertaken to uncover the foundations of a later extension to the original hall.

The hall, built around 1380, had been extended several times and additional buildings were added around the site. It eventually became used as a barn for the farm that occupied part of the site. When the farm buildings were being demolished in the 1960s, to make way for industrial buildings, the contractor saw the ancient cruck-framed construction and, realising it was an important ancient building, stopped demolition immediately. The other farm buildings were later demolished but the original medieval hall was preserved and restored.

You can see a photo of the inside of the hall on this post a year ago, when Newton Hall was also my "N" contribution.

Even on the first day of the dig, interesting finds were being uncovered. If you are interested in taking part in the dig, or just in finding out more about the event, please see the Tameside History Forum website.

See Google Street View of this location.

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"Newton Hall" is a contribution to ABC Wednesday. For more "N" posts from around the world please follow this link.

Please leave a comment below and please rate this photo using the 5 star system below. The highest-ranking photos will be considered for the Photo of the Year at the end of 2012!


  1. What is the glass enclosure? Is it glass?
    Jane x

    1. When the building was restored, they left a section of wall and roof unfinished so that people could see the construction details. This is what is in the glass enclosure.

  2. It will be exciting to see what they dig up!

    abcw team

  3. I remember last year's post, and I liked the interior, but I actually like the exterior best. The dig does sound exciting. I can just imagine how I'd feel if I dug up an archaeological treasure. I enjoyed my college courses in anthropology and archaeology, and of course one of my favourite mystery writers has always been Agatha Christie, who travelled quite a bit with her archaeologist husband, Max Mallowan.
    Very interesting post today!

  4. I didn'tknow there was a dig on - I'll have to pop down and check it out when I get the chance.

  5. nice looking building
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  6. How beautiful ! Fortunately it was safed !I just saw how thatched roofs are made it's amazing how long these roofs last !
    ABC Team

  7. Gosh - that's a hidden beauty of Tameside that I was unaware of. Somewhere to take a trip to in the summer.

  8. A nice building; well worth preserving.

  9. Hello Martin,
    Is it just my machine or are the STARS missing? I cant seem to find them anywhere to grade the photographs. Thank You DX6


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