Dear Joan, Please can you tell me anything
about Bexton Hall. It is rumoured that the landlords of Tatton,
Tabley and Toft could see their estates from the balustrade round
the roof. I've also heard it is haunted! How old is it and who
used to own it. I know it is now part of Tabley Estate. There
doesnt seem to be any history of it in local books, so I would
apprerciate any information you could send me. Thank you, S. Greenway
charming old 17th century house seems to have left by the tide
of history , isolated and forgotten. It is now known as Bexton
Hall Farm. In earlier times it was probably the moated manor house
of the de Bexton family whose name appears on medieval documents.
Gary Bexton from Tasmania is sad that I cannot find much Bexton
history for him. The land was divided between the Cholmondelys
and the Daniels who owned Over Tabley Hall and Bexton Hall.
Above: Bexton Hall before the removal
of the cupola
The last Daniel - Sir Samuel who died, I think in 1726, left
Bexton Hall to his nephew Samuel Duckenfield who added Daniel
to his name. Left a widow Lady Duckenfield Daniel had her portrait
painted by John Astley and found him so attractive that she offered
herself as the original rather than a copy! He lost no time in
spending her money and adorned Bexton Hall with a pagoda or viewing
platform on the roof so that the local gentry could view the hunt.
He also painted scenes round the walls.
When the hall came into possession of the Leicesters of Tabley
Lady Leighton ( nee Leicester Warren) thought the scenes 'not
nice' and had them painted over. They can not be recovered because
the top was removed some years ago.
When I saw the house some years ago I was saddened by the lack
of care as a fine old, oak staircase had loose and missing turned
spindles. It now belongs to Manchester University.