Impressive 16th century timber framed great hall © National Trust

Impressive 16th century timber framed great hall

A glimpse into the past

Around 1530 a handsome timber-framed manor house was built at Rufford, in the low-lying mosslands of south-west Lancashire.

Its owner was Sir Robert Hesketh, whose family had been lords of the manor for at least seven generations. Sir Robert decorated his new home with the coats of arms of his ancestors and their patrons, the powerful Earls of Derby.


Horses Chanfron on display in the Great Hall

A significant and interesting collection of armour is on display at Rufford Old Hall. Conservation cleaning of the armour takes place throughout the year.

Broadwood Piano

Broadwood piano in the drawing room

This beautiful grand piano is a recent addition to the collection at Rufford Old Hall.  In a walnut case, it dates from 1875-1885 and is on display in the Drawing Room. Come and have a tinkle.

Family history

The Drawing Room

Some key figures in Rufford's history have their portraits in the Drawing Room. Discover how the Hesketh family grew in wealth and property.

Object of the month

17th century tapestry in the Entrance Hall

An early 17th-century tapestry showing the fall of Troy, in which the Trojans flee from the Greeks, who have entered the city in a wooden horse.


Taking photographs

Visitor discovering the Tudor Great Hall

Although photography is not permitted in the house, you are very welcome to take photographs in the 16th-century Great Hall, which includes the large 'moveable screen', impressive architecture and important armour collection.

Daily talks

Rufford Old Hall

We have daily talks in the Great Hall about the history and various uses of the building.