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Waddington Old Hall

This historic house is situated in the middle of the village on the far side of the stream from the church. The two pairs of entrance gates are imposing and visitors to the village are intrigued by its Arms and the inscription above the small entrance gate in the middle, which reads "I will raise up his ruins and I will build as in the days of old" 798 Wada Dux 1900. John Waddington.

The greater part of the medieval building, dating back to the days when Henry VI took refuge there in 1464 is still in existence. It was in use as a farmhouse in the mid 19th century but was restored by John Waddington in 1901. The original walls and windows with their great depth can still be seen in the Great Hall, adjoining hall and the Monks Room. Other rooms have been extended and a modern wing has been added, built in similar grey stone in keeping with old building.

The Great Hall is magnificent, stretching from the front to back of the building, paneled in oak and furnished with a beautiful oak dining table and carved chairs. The tapestry of the chairs bears the Royal Arms of Henry VI, surmounted by a crown and decorated with a golden salamander and the fleur-de-lys- which was included because Henry VI laid claim to the crown of France.

The entrance to the "secret staircase" leading to the large room above the Great Hall is hidden behind the paneling. A modern carved cupboard shows the pictures of the Kings attempted escape, up the staircase to his bed chamber, down a ladder to the ground and across the fields to Brungerley, where he was captured when crossing the river by the hipping stones.

The Monks Room, near the original entrance to the Old Hall is the oldest part of the building probably dating back to the 11th century. It has been suggested that the name arose because the room was used my monks travelling between the two great abbeys of Sawley and Whalley. Another story tells of the Black Monk of Abingdon, who stayed there and betrayed Henry VI to the Talbots of Bashall Hall. Since the wife of Henry VI's host, Sir John Tempest was a Talbot, it seems likely that his presence at the Old HAll would have been known long before he was betrayed to the Yorkists.