History - The Great Hall at Mains

History

The Great Hall at Mains is a timber-framed building, built to replicate an original Banqueting Hall that was on this exact spot over 500 years ago and – despite its new appearance, beneath us, lie several hundred years of history …if not more.

There has been a settlement of some kind on this site, from as far back as the Norman Conquest in 1066 and possibly even earlier, although no records now remain to endorse this belief.

Due to its prime location on the banks of the River Wyre, a house built on this site would have afforded great benefits, being close to the main shipping areas of Lancashire – Skippool, Fleetwood and beyond to Lancaster.

According to historic sources, at some time during the medieval period, the manor of Singleton was split into two areas – Great Singleton – containing the Chapel and village (known as Singleton village today) and Little Singleton, containing the main manor house.

Following the Dissolution of the Monasteries, much land was handed over to the local lords. In 1536, Mains Hall became the property of the Earl of Derby and later, to Alice Countess of Derby, who subsequently sold it to William Hesketh in 1602.

During this Tudor and Elizabethan era, we know little of the fate of Mains Hall, except that there appears to have been several generations of the Hesketh family residing here throughout and beyond, into the Stuart period.Throughout that time, the family took pleasure in restoring much of the old estate. It was Thomas Hesketh, along with his second wife Margaret, who restored the old Chapel and barns here.

Evidently proud of their restoration, they left their mark in the brickwork in the form of their initials THM which we can still see today, along with the date – 1686. It is likely therefore, that a member of the Hesketh family instated the original Great Hall during their time here.

A local historian, when writing on his visit to the Hall in 1853, speaks of the original Tudor Banqueting Hall thus:
‘…on the west, the wing now destroyed, a very antique building, within which was a hall-part, having a huge open chimney, and wainscotted with fluted oak of the reign of Henry VIII, now rotting unheeded in the garrets of the hall.’

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The Great Hall at Mains

Wedding Open Day - Sunday 25th February 2018Feb 25, 11:00amThe Great Hall at MainsWe are delighted to announce our next Open Day.

We will be holding an Open Day on Sunday 25th February 2018.

Hours are from 11.00 am through to 4.00 pm.

During this time we will be showcasing this fabulous venue with themes and colour schemes from our local recommended suppliers.

We will have some Special Offers on too on any remaining dates in both 2018 and 2019, so please come along and ask one of our Event Managers for further details.

Mains Hall Manor - our Exclusive on site luxury accommodation, will also be open to view for a limited time.

A full list of our recommended suppliers who will be attending will be here soon.

* Photo Copyright to Christian Allen Photography - who will be with us on the day to assist you with all your wedding photo queries.
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Wedding Open Day - Sunday 25th February 2018

Just to let you know we’ve had a power cut this afternoon so please bear with us if you’ve been trying to phone or email.

We have been informed that the power should be back on in the next few hours.

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Just to let you know we’ve had a power cut this afternoon so please bear with us if you’ve been trying to phone or email.

We have been informed that the power should be back on in the next few hours.

Thank you

1 week ago

The Great Hall at Mains

NEWLY LAUNCHED LATE AVAILABILITY PACKAGE

ALL REMAINING DATES IN
OCTOBER - DECEMBER 22ND 2018
AND
JANUARY - FEBRUARY 2019


*Exclusively Yours for only £2,175.00
(Includes 1 night's accommodation at Mains Hall Manor AND our Hesketh Drinks Package for 50/50 guests)


This price is inclusive of the following:

Exclusive use of the entire Hall and grounds for your wedding reception from midday until midnight

Overnight Accommodation in Mains Hall Manor our luxury self-catering on site accommodation for the night of your wedding

Continental breakfast in Mains Hall Manor on a self- serve basis

Event Manager to help plan and coordinate your wedding day

Tea lights on tables, in fireplace and on window sills

Hesketh Drinks Package for 50 guests**

Live Disco with DJ playing until midnight

Red or Black carpets at the entrance and aisle

Tables and chairs

Bay Trees & Topiary at entrance doors and on the terrace

Cake table & Cake knife

Personalised ceremony music

Event Manager to act as your Master Of Ceremonies
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*Terms and Conditins Apply
*Subject To Availability
**Numbers over 50 Charges Apply

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