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Moseley Old Hall by Ian O'Brien

Description: Moseley Old Hall

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 24 March 1950
English Heritage Building ID: 440924
House. "R.M. 1666" carved above doorway. Built for Moseley family. Stone
plinth, box-framed with C20 tile roof and brick stacks. Baffle-entry plan
with projecting crosswings and 2 storeys throughout. 3 bays with C20 3- light window ineach at ground floor and pitched roof porch to left of bay 2
with ovolo-moulded surround and door frame and original studded battened door and hinges. 7, 7 and 4-light ovolo-moulded first floor windows, probably restored but to original pattern. Decorative
framing to crosswing gables. 3-gable 4-bay rear with 2, 4, 5 and 6-light C19 ovolo-moulded windows some with transoms. Curved diagonal
braces to rear only. Leaded windows throughout only. Interior: part repaired splat-baluster staircase at rear, inglenook fireplace with
ovolo-moulded bressumer and similarly moulded beams with stepped stops to house-part. Batten doors with original hinges throughout.
Generally a good house retaining most of its original features and
suffering little from later restorations. F. Moss, A history of the old parish of
Cheadle in Cheshire, 1894, pp. 120-121.

Moseley Old Hall is Cheadle's oldest remaining residential property. The 17th century building so steeped in history is not far from the village itself, and it's accessible from Cuthbert road off Stockport Road, and is almost hidden amongst modern houses that surround it. The timber framed building was owned by Leon Mazurek, who passed away in the summer of 2011. Mr Mazurek had enthusiastically tried to ensure the hall was kept as close as it was in the past, he travelled all over, looking for items from shops, and even market stalls!
he managed to cram all sorts of tables, chairs, pictures and rugs, ornaments, decorations and other period looking artefacts into the various rooms, which also had no particular order to them. Moseley Old Hall has 4 reception rooms, and a carverd balustrade staircase takes you up to five bedrooms. The building is quite dimly lit due to the small windows and old fashioned lighting!
His family have sinced cleared a lot of the rooms that Leon used to hoard various items (as mentioned above) and now they have to decide what to do with it next.
The listed home was built when Cheadle was mainly woodland and farms and with possibly no more than a few dozen families living in and around the village.
The exact origins of the hall has been hard to find, even with the knowledge of thorough local historians, the inscriptions on the oak beam above the original front door and on a flagstone now in the garden
reveals dates 1666 to 1667 which could be the date of the construction of Old Moseley Hall, while others believe a house could have been there up to 100 years earlier and then enlarged later. It is astonishing however, that Old Moseley Hall has escaped the wrath of the bulldozers, allowing us to see the way people lived in the post Elizabethan era!
Following only one previous family since the 1950s, Leon Mazurek moved into the hall in 1992. He did put it on the market again in 1999 but there weren't any buyers, so he remained there until his death in 2011.
It was advertised for £500,000 in July 2012, but the problem is, it needs a great deal of work doing on it, and that along with the price of the house would be a deterrant to any potential buyer. The building has in all probability remained almost the same as it was century's ago.

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