The Archaeology of the Manor House in North West England – My Latest Online Course

I teach adult education courses for a variety of organisations, and have done for more than 30 years. My specialist teaching subjects include Roman archaeology, late medieval archaeology, buildings archaeology, and industrial archaeology, with an emphasis on (but not exclusively) North West England and Britain. COVID-19 has forced all of us to change the way we do things, and I now deliver both online and face-to-face courses.

For Spring 2022 I will be teaching the following course online for the WEA:

C3847506 The Archaeology of the Manor House and Hall in NW England – Five Sessions, starts 25/04/2022, 7pm-9pm.

This introductory course will look at the surviving physical remains relating to the manor houses and halls of North West England from the 12th to the 20th centuries. The course will look at sites in Cheshire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester, and Lancashire, taking in lowland and upland areas, timber, brick, and stone built halls, and excavated sites. This five-week course will cover the physical remains of the earliest halls from the Norman period and later medieval box-framed and cruck built halls, through the Great Rebuildings of the 16th and 17th centuries, to the rise of the country house in the 18th and 129th centuries and the decline halls in the face of industrialisation in more recent times. Specific halls covered will include Newton Hall in Hyde, Little Moreton Hall in Cheshire, Smithills Hall in Botlon, OrdsallHall in Salford, Speke Hall in Merseyside and Dunham Hall in Trafford.

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The medieval Ordsall Hall, Salford

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