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Rufford Old Hall

Rufford Old Hall was built in the early 15th Century by Sir Thomas Hesketh. It is renowned for its magnificent hammer-beam roof and unique mediaeval carved bog screen. The building is now comprised of the original great Hall of timber construction, a brick wing of 1662 and an intervening section which dates for the greater part from 1821.

Rufford Old Hall contains some fine examples of 17 century furniture, full suits of armour, items of arms, a beauvais tapestry, a priest's hole and a mid 16th century stone fireplace. The Hesketh Family can be seen on various paintings around the hall. Also in the hall are many small displays reflecting life in the times of the family.

There is the Philip Ashcroft Folk Museum - a reproduction of a village kitchen, agricultural implements, tapestries, dolls and costumes and a Tudor bedroom containing a collection of pottery and porcelain.

Lancashire Fall Table

This Lancashire Fall-Table was typical of those found in Rufford and South West Lancashire. It was common in cottage and farmhouse kitchens in the 18th and early 19th centuries. This photograph, taken in the Old Hall Village Museum, also shows an early barometer by Thomas Walton dated 1694, a sampler worked in 1840 and a toaster standing below a fire blower. The cupboard holds willow-pattern crockery

Lancashire Cottage Kitchen

Another typical scene in a Rufford Farmhouse or cottage kitchen. The "grandfather's" chair with its clog-drawer is shown together with a child's rockingchair. A solid oak table can also be seen, while on the wall hangs a Dutch clock. There are three stone mortars on the table, one dated 1696, and on the shelf are other kitchen relics.