Hall i’ th’ Wood was originally built as a half-timbered hall in the 16th century and was owned by wealthy yeomen and merchants. After 1697 the Hall was rented out to various tenants.
It was during this period that a young Samuel Crompton came to live there with his parents. In 1779 he invented his Spinning Mule, which revolutionised the cotton industry.

Featured in the Dilapidated Buildings group AUG 2009.
Featured in the Unique Buildings of the World group FEB 2010.

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  • UnEasy
    UnEasyabout 5 years ago

    The narrative really fills in the sense of time and place here. It makes me yearn to have lived there myself – even without running water, “facilities”, and so on – depending on fires for warmth. Beautifully captured.

  • Thank you very much, appreciated

    – Steve Liptrot

  • Kate Adams
    Kate Adamsabout 5 years ago

    Excellent narrative Steve I remember the Spinning mule but more the Spinning Jenny by Hargreaves – I am almost sure Crompton elaborated on the Jenny. Wonderful old house with much history and design – Beautiful image!!

  • Its a shame they letting this building get like this. The local council cant afford to keep it open. Thanks Kate

    – Steve Liptrot

  • scoob29
    scoob29about 5 years ago

    Nice shot nice reading Steve,x

  • I should have been a history teacher! Thanks Susan

    – Steve Liptrot

  • Smudger
    Smudgerabout 5 years ago

    wonderful old building

  • Thanks mate

    – Steve Liptrot

  • Lozzar Flowers & Art
    Lozzar Flowers...about 5 years ago

    The workmanship is wonderful, such a great old building.

  • Thanks Lorraine

    – Steve Liptrot

  • billfox256
    billfox256about 5 years ago

    A house that looks like it is straight out of a story book. Tremendous, Bill

  • Thanks again Bill

    – Steve Liptrot

  • loramae
    loramaeabout 5 years ago

    Im thinking fabulous B&B :O) Congratulations on your feature in DB!

  • Thank you very much

    – Steve Liptrot

  • Karen Stackpole
    Karen Stackpoleover 4 years ago

    Please enter this in our group

  • Will do Karen, thanks

    – Steve Liptrot

  • Karen Stackpole
    Karen Stackpoleover 4 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS. A great image

  • Thank you

    – Steve Liptrot

  • Bob Culshaw
    Bob Culshawover 4 years ago

    Beautiful shot Steve and congrats on the feature. Are the NT or English Heritage not stepping in to preserve this fantastic building as part of our industrial heritage. Samuel Crompton certainly created wealth for the North West!

  • Not sure what’s happening with this building. Seems a shame though. Thanks mate

    – Steve Liptrot

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