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.


The tapestries on display date from as early as 1660 and tell very interesting stories. The tapestry pictured is a Flemish example from the 16th century, depicting the fall of Troy.

Object of the month

Pastel portrait of Charles I and Henrietta Maria

An elegant portrait after Sir Anthony van Dyck (Antwerp 1599 - London 1641) of King Charles I (1600-1649) and Queen Henrietta Maria (1609–1669).


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 at 12.30pm and 2.30pm.  Learn about the history and various uses of the building.