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The Halls of  Cheadle

 Your Village : Your Community

Depleach Hall by Andrew Frazer.

The only listed building within the Brooklyn Crescent Conservation area, this grade II listed buildings appearance belies its age, dating from the 17th century standing on a foundation of red sandstone and built using a rarely seen Cruck-framed teqnique  


Believed to originally have a tithe barn little is known of the buildings early history, the earliest reference to the buiding appears on a map circa 1790. It is shown standing in isolation on ‘Barn Meadow’ with the field adjacent labeled ‘Deep Leach’ ( a Leech or Lache was an old word for a body of wetland or swamp)


 The nearest building to Depleach Hall was the Old Rectory fronting on the west side of Wilmslow Road. A survey, in 1728, of the Church lands listed "seven bays of stabling and barns". This could have included Depleach Hall, which would tie its use to the Rector for the collection of his tithes.


A tithe barn was a type of barn used in much of northern Europe in the Middle Ages for storing tithes—one tenth of a farm's produce which was given to the Church. Tithe barns were usually associated with the village church or rectory and independent farmers took their tithes there. The village priests wouldn't have to pay tithe the purpose of the tithe being their suppor and some had their own farms anyway, which are now village greens in some villges.


Depleach Hall has served a multiplicity of uses since its probable origin and in it's time has been a cottage; school; meeting hall for sewing circles, amateur dramatics and the British Legion; an antique shop; hairdressers and has housed a computer company.


Today depleach Hall stands empty but still commands a presence on Wilmslow rd

and although it is not a Hall in the true sense of the word it remains as one of the oldest standing buildings in Cheadle and one can only begin to imagine the stories of its history it holds within its walls.

update: 03/09/14 (Ian O'Brien)

 This is a comment about Depleach Hall sent by a Eileen P Dean/ nee Salt, in August 2011


My parents, Vauncey and Winnie Salt rented this building from the owners of Abney Hall, Cheadle. My father had decided to retire from his profession and so opened an antique shop. It made a fine setting for the early English furniture, glass and porcelain which he specialised in. When visitors entered they would be most impressed with the sight of the fine cruck beams and open space. This was in 1934. The business was closed during the WW2. The Hall had to revert back to its former use of a Community centre, First Aid Post and Air Raid wardens` centre. As soon as we were given the all-clear to start again we took the stock out of storage and opened up. I worked there for 8 years. As the business was in a sensitive area of domestic architecture we were not allowed to have large sign boards. The large flat show window had to have curtains! The shop became a popular place for antique lovers to drive out to and browse round. Everything had to be genuine antique - no Victoriana even! The former barn although picturesque was difficult to keep clean as the plaster walls shed fine dust all the time. Icy cold in winter. There was a fireplace where we had a cheerful coal fire. The electrics were ancient and uncertain! Agatha Christie was a frequent visitor when she stayed with her sister at Abney Hall.
We bought the building eventually but then it was sold in 1962/63. I understand it became a hairdressing establishment. I saw the interior later in the `70`s and was upset as it looked bizare with the cubicles and mirrors.
There were iron railings all round it at one time. No doubt used for the metal during the War.




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