Smithills Hall is an impressive building set on a vast amount of walking land and is steeped with 800 years of history; the earliest records show that William Radcliffe purchased the whole manor sometime in 1335.
In 1485 the whole estate was passed on to the Barton family due to a shortage of Radcliffe male heirs.
The Barton family held on to Smithills Hall and its estate for nearly 200 years until 1659 it was passed on by marriage to a family called the Balasye’s, the Balasye family did not have a use for the building and neglected the hall for many years.
Smithills hall and its estate were sold in 1801 to a successful family of bleachers named the Ainsworth’s and for the next 69 years the hall was given an extensive rebuild and full modernisation.
In the year of 1870 a nephew of Henry called Richard Ainsworth inherited Smithills hall with its estate, 5 years later George Devey was employed as an architect to significantly improve Smithills Hall.
Bolton Council purchased Smithills hall and its estate in 1938 for £70,600, part of the hall became a residential home and a day center until the 1990s
- Known to be Britain’s most haunted Building.
Because of the history dating back 800 years, Smithills hall has gathered an abundance of ghostly sighting things moving and things going bump in the night.
Smithills Hall room by Room
- Great Hall
- Bower & Solar Rooms
- Withdrawing Room
- The Chapel
- George Marsh’s footprint
- Colonel Ainsworth’s Room
- Mrs Ainsworth’s Room
- The library
Smithills Dean Road
The grounds and parking are FREE
Admission into the building:
- Adults – £3
- Children / Concessions – £2.00
- Family – £8.00 (2 adults and 2 children)
- Under 5’s get in for FREE
The ground floor is only accessible by wheel chairs due to steps and uneven floors
- Wednesday 10am – 3pm
- Thursday 10am – 3pm
- Friday 10am – 3pm
- Sunday 12pm – 4pm