Ridley Hall

Venue Type & Location

Private Residence

Site Name: Ridley Hall
Location: Ridley Hall
County: Cheshire
Location Type: Countryside - at determined location

Overview

The remains of Egerton grandeur lie in peaceful farm country in the Cheshire plain, with the fortifications of Beeston Castle and the Peckforton Hills rising to the W. The surviving entrance gateway faces S.

Formerly a fine stone and timber residence on the quadrangular plan with an imposing gateway. Only the red sandstone gatehouse with the Egerton coat of arms above the archway remains, now incorporated into farm buildings, still arranged on a quadrangular plan.

Performance History

Although family records have not yet been found for performance at Ridley, the Egerton family is known from other sources to have patronized entertainers in the 16th and early 17th c.

Current Status

Mostly demolished.

History of the Venue

mid-15th c. The seat of the Ridley family passed to Sir William Stanley who rebuilt it as a fine residence.

1495 Estate confiscated by the Crown when Stanley was attainted.

1514 Estate granted to Sir Ralph Egerton who made further additions (extent unknown).

1643 Assault by royalist forces during the Civil War.

ca. 1650 Estate dissipated by gambling (Notitia Cestriensis 218 n. 13).

late 17th c. Sold to Orlando Bridgeman.

ca. 1700 Most of the buildings destroyed by fire. Manor subsequently sold to the Pepys family.

Record Source

REED Shrops 1.191; York 1.528

Patrons who owned this venue

Name Dates Titles
Egerton, Richard 0-1579 Knight
Egerton, Thomas 1540-1617 Baron , 1st Viscount

Bibliographic Sources

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Gallichan, Walter M. Cheshire. London: Methuen, 1928.
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Notitia Cestriensis, or, Historical Notices of the Diocese of Chester, by the Right Rev. Francis Gastrell, D.D. Lord Bishop of Chester. Vol. 1: Cheshire. Raines, F.R., ed. Chetham Society 8. Manchester: Printed for the Chetham Society, 1845.
Ormerod, George. History of the County Palatine and City of Chester. 1st ed 1819. 3 vols. London: Routledge, 1882.
Pevsner, Nikolaus, and Edward Hubbard. Cheshire. The Buildings of England. Harmondsworth, Midd: Penguin Books, 1971.