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Historic Halls

Smithills Hall

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One of Bolton's original family homes, Smithills Hall is a Grade 1 listed building, full of history and drama.

Containing fine examples of architecture through the ages, from Medieval and Tudor right through to Victorian times, the hall is set in formal gardens next to the West Pennine Moors.

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Hall i' th' Wood

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Hall i' th' Wood was originally built as a half-timbered hall in the 16th century and was owned by wealthy yeomen and merchants. After 1697 the Hall was rented out to various tenants.

It was during this period that a young Samuel Crompton came to live there with his parents. In 1779 he invented his Spinning Mule, which revolutionised the cotton industry.

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Weddings at Smithills Hall

Set within landscaped gardens and surrounded by wooded countryside, Smithills Hall is the perfect location for your wedding.

With its medieval Great Hall and Tudor and Victorian wings, Smithills is a unique venue full of history and charm, its historic past providing the perfect backdrop for your ceremony and an exclusive setting for photographs both inside and out.

We have a marriage premises licence for up to 65 guests and can offer the choice of two unique and beautiful rooms: from the oak timbered splendour of the ‘Great Hall’ to the more intimate Tudor ‘Withdrawing Room’.

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Poppins Tearoom at Smithills

Opening times:

  • Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm
  • Sunday 11am to 4pm

Contact details:

  • Tel no: 01204 435209
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Facebook: @PoppinsAtSmithills