Ordsall hall is a part Tudor manor house Built around the 12th century.
The exterior of the building looks untouched, yet ancient and the inside looks similar yet has a lot of beams and smells of old oak. The Great hall is very large and used to have 30-40 servants to help with the halls upkeep and help look after the import inhabitants, the wooden planked floor was covered with straw, the term spring cleaning comes from this sort of floor, which was cleaned and clearer every spring and fresh sweet smelling straw replaced the foul old straw where you would fresh sweet smelling flowers were laid on the floor to make it smell fresh and clean and make house smell nice, the most famous family were the Radcliffe Family who inhabited the hall for over 300 years.
The Radycliffeís were one of the families that lived there. They lived there for over 300 years. Like most old Tudor houses Ordsall hall has a rumour about a ghost. The White Lady. The White lady is thought to be the ghost of Margaret Radcliffe who was the twin to Alexander Radcliffe who went off to fight a war. Meanwhile, Margaret worked as lady in waiting to Queen Elisabeth 1. all of the queenís maids had to wear white so that the queen looked even prettier in her colourful clothes. When news got to Margaret that Alexander had died she was so sad she fell ill, and needed to go back to Ordsall hall and partly because of her sadness, continued to be ill and eventually died The Queen too was very upset but not because of Alexander but because Margaret who was her favourite lady in waiting had left. The Queen wrote Margaret a beautiful epitaph which can be seen to this day in Westminster Abbey.
Ordsall hall is an old building that is around 800 years old. But it was restored in 2005, at a cost of 6.5 million to Salford City council. It was owned by the Radcliff family. They sold it because they had to leave due to the civil war and their safety.
In the Great Hall there is a very large table, did you know that the important people sat at the top with the great food and cutlery but the less important people got rubbish food and cutlery? Also some people say that there is a ghost that stands at the top of the stairs leading in to the room. Lady Margret who was also in the Radclifff family.
On Tuesday 4th February 2014 BBC School report visited Ordsall Hall, a magnificent Hall built in 1175 and a former stately home in Ordsall. It dates back over 750 years; the oldest part of the Hall dates back to the 12th century. The most important part of Ordsallís Hall life, was during the time when the Radclyffe family, who lived there for over 300 years. The Hall was the setting for William Harrison Ainsworthís 1842 novel Guy Fawkes, written around the plausible although unsubstantiated local story that the Gunpowder plot of 1605 was planned in the house.
Ordsall Hall is a formerly moated Tudor mansion. Although there has been a house on the site for over 750 years. The manor was described in 1351 as a massive, 120 acres (48.6 ha) of land, 12 acres (4.9 ha) of meadow and 12 acres (4.9 ha) of wood.it is also famous for the multi sightings of a ghost thought to be Lady Margaret Radcliffe thought to have died of a broken heart after the death of her twin brother.