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The Bate Hall

39 Chestergate
Macclesfield
Cheshire
SK11 6BX

Tel: 01625 422319

The Bate Hall

About

The Bate Hall dates from the late 16th century and evidence of its earlier history can be seen by walking through the arch to the side to gain a view of the back of the building. It was once the home of the Stopford family, who supported the Parliamentary cause during the Civil War. It is said that Oliver Cromwell stayed there. According to the Lysons's book on the history of Cheshire, the Bate Hall was formerly the seat of the Earl of Courtown. At the time the Lysons were writing their history of Cheshire (1810) it had already been converted to a public house.

View the magnificent priest hole which dates back to 1525 during the reign of Queeen Elizabeth I, when Roman Catholic priests had to hide away to avoid prosecution by the Monarchy. A century later, during the English Civil War, Oliver Cromwell was once believed to have slept here and may have watched the bear baiting and cockfighting that used to take place here in bygone days.

Though changed somewhat over the centuries, the pub retains a Jacobean staircase, original beams, and allegedly a ghost.

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