Middleton Hall

The oldest part of the hall dates back to Norman times and it used to belong to the Marmion family. Like Drayton Manor this house too has had it's share of royal visitors. In 1567 Queen Elizabeth I stayed there for a week and before she left she knighted the then owner Francis Willoughby. Later in 1603 James I visited and he also bestowed a knighthood upon the new owner of the house.
The hall was derelict for a number of years but it has now been restored and is open to the public. There are various events held at and in the hall especially during the summer. The grounds and gardens are quite large and there is a bird hide in the grounds near to the lake. Some of the old stable blocks have been converted into craft shops of various descriptions.

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