In Conversation with Helen Morgan
By Helen Morgan
First Published 3/8/2021
Last Updated 3/8/2022
For a definitive account- 19 pages - of what it was like to grow up in Heald Green living at Bradshaw Hall, look no further than Jean Rushton nee Bailey's memories as captured by Helen. For a short overview of the Hall, scroll down to Richard Fletcher's article - Ed.
Fig. 2a Helen Morgan with Jean Rushton nee Bailey, discussind the article at Jean's home, 2021
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By Richard Fletcher
First Published 18/5/2021
Last Updated 14/1/2022
As a young child I lived backing on to the fields across from Bradshaw Hall Farm. It was deserted by then.
My only real memory of it was amongst its last - when it was set ablaze one night by vandals.
All I can remember is the trees on the lane silhouetted against huge orange flames - Ed.
Bradshaw Hall was situated between Cheadle Hulme and Heald Green at the end of Bradshaw Hall Lane across the current A34. It was demolished in the 1970s and the site is now a children's play area in the middle of a housing estate.
The original hall was built by Sir John Savage, lord of the manor of Cheadle Moseley, during the reign of Henry VIII (1509-1547). In 1550 it was sold to the Kelsall family, who occupied it until the early 19th century. On the death of Oldfeld Kelsall in 1817, the estate passed to the Revd Charles Prescot, rector of St Mary’s Stockport, the husband of Oldfeld Kelsall’s only niece, Jane Dyson, and it was he who set about replacing the original Tudor structure with the building illustrated. Following Prescot, the hall was owned by various families who farmed the adjoining land.
Part of the estate was requisitioned by the Government during the Second World War to serve as an Air Force stores and maintenance depot for RAF Handforth (No 61 MU), and a few remains of the concrete foundations are still visible.
After the War, the Hall was bought by Cheadle and Gatley Urban District Council for housing development, but the plans were turned down by the Ministry of Housing. It was then let to a local councillor, Alan Richardson, until the area became part of the Borough of Stockport following local government reorganisation in 1974. Since then, various plans to convert it into a community centre or a public house came to nothing, and the building became so vandalised that the cheapest option was to demolish it.
Most of the site is now a children’s play area and the pond provides an attractive setting for wildlife.
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