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Stubley Old Hall

Situated mile from Littleborough on the south side of the road to Rochdale is Stubley Hall, a two story house. The front of the house faces west and has three wings with the open courtyard to the east. John de Holt bought the Hall in 1330 from Nicholas, John de Stubley. It is said that Stubley Hall was rebuilt by Robert Holt in about 1529, although this can't be verified. The reconstruction and renovation work which took place was not recorded and details of the original house were not documented. In 1640 Robert Holt, the owner of Stubley Hall moved to Castleton.
Stubley Hall was built in the reign of Henry VIII and the house was the first display of an entire house of brick and stone with a centre and two wings only. (Whitakar, History of Whaley 3rd edition ed. 1818, 453)
In 1626 Stubley hall was described as "an ancient mansion with stables, barns, dovecotes and water mill" (survey of 1626, quoted in Fishwick's Rochdale.)The roof had stone slates and the gables ends were faced in stone.
Stubley Hall was documented as having the following rooms in the inventory of goods in the will of Robert Holt who died 1561.
Stubley Old Hall The great chamber
My lord's chamber
The inner chamber
The new parlour
The closet
The hall (approximately 36ft long by 23ft wide)
The inner parlour
The old parlour
St Myghell's chamber
The chamber without
"Syling Timber" is also referred to twice.
Stubley Hall had a domestic chapel probably situated at the east end of the south wing and divine service was held there prior to Littleborough church being built. At the end of 18th century Rev T D Whitaker wrote "the house contained much carving in wood, particularly a rich and beautiful screen betwixt the hall and parlour, with a number of crests, ciphers, and cognizances belonging to the Holts and other neighbouring families."
John Holt of Stubley was high sheriff of Lancashire in 1620
Follow the link for an article including a brief history of the Holts inhabiting Stubley Hall near Littleborough and Castleton Hall, south of Rochdale, for nearly three centuries.
Stubley Hall
Map of Stubley Hall, Littleborough 1910
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This old window displays various coat of arms.
Stubley Hall Window
Stubley Hall Window
Close ups of the window glass are below.
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Stubley Hall inside window
Robert Holt Hundersfield AD 1472
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