Manchester

Bramall Hall reopens after £2.2m makeover

Bramall Hall Image copyright Linda Croose-Smith
Image caption The timber framed Tudor manor house sits in 70 acres of parkland

A Tudor manor house has reopened following a £2.2m makeover.

A total of 1,400 tickets have sold out for the opening weekend at Bramall Hall in Stockport, Greater Manchester after renovation work began in 2014.

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Image caption Medieval wall paintings adorn parts of the hall

Stained glass windows and ceilings have been restored, while the public will be able to visit the dining room and butler's pantry for the first time.

Councillor Kate Butler, from Stockport Council, called it the "jewel in the crown" of the town's heritage.

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Image caption The manor house has been under the charge of the local council since 1936
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Image caption The dining room's peacock-blue design was inspired by a fragment of wallpaper found hidden behind a panel

The manor dates back to the reign of William the Conqueror when he bestowed the lands upon one of his followers, Hamon de Masci, who became the first Baron of Dunham Massey.

Since then the estate has been under the ownership of just three families: the Davenports, De Bromales and Nevills.

In 1936, the timber-framed hall and its surrounding parkland was handed over to the local council.

The transformation followed a £1.6m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and £400,000 in council funding.

Image copyright Linda Croose-Smith
Image caption The ornate venetian style plaster ceiling of the Withdrawing Room has been extensively restored
Image copyright NIGEL GIBSON
Image caption This bedroom was named the Paradise Room - a name given to the favourite room in the house