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RUFFORD OLD HALL
All that remains of the Tudor home built at Rufford Old Hall in c1530 is the original, and spectacular, timber-framed hall itself - one of the finest Tudor buildings in England. The west wing of the house is Jacobean with largely Victorian decor. Did William Shakespeare perform at Rufford, as legend has it, for the original owner, Thomas Hesketh? (Most of the owners were called Thomas Hesketh). Attractive gardens, lovely borders and good topiary - spot the giant squirrel. Rufford is also haunted, most popularly by a grey lady.
Rufford Old Hall is on the A59 about 10 miles west of Chorley, 6 miles north-east of Ormskirk and 12 south of Preston. Take junction 27 or 28 from the M6. Rufford Old Hall is also a wedding venue, so check before making a special trip.