History - Mains Hall Manor


Historic Mains Hall, a Grade II listed manor house, is steeped in local legend. It is believed that some of the original beams contained within the Hall are part of a much earlier building, dating from medieval times.

Sir Alan de Singleton was given this land by King John and reigned here as Lord of the Manor in the early 13th century. Sir Alan also had links with the famous Chingle Hall near Goosnargh, Preston, reputedly one of the most haunted houses in Britain.

The original Hall may also have had links with Cockersand Abbey, as some old maps refer to it as Monks Hall. It is believed that lay brothers from the Premonstratensian Order were tenant farmers here for some period of time.

Following the Dissolution of the Monasteries, much land was handed over to the local lords.  In 1536, Mains Hall became the property of the 5th Earl of Derby and later, to Alice Countess of Derby, who subsequently sold it to William Hesketh in 1602. During the Tudor and Elizabethan era, several generations of the Hesketh family resided here and beyond, into the time of James I and Charles I.

It was Thomas Hesketh, along with his second wife Mary, who restored the old chapel and barns here. Evidently proud of their restoration, they left their mark in the brickwork, which we can still see today, along with the date – 1686.

Cardinal Allen is also associated with historic Mains Hall, his sister Elizabeth Allen being married to William Hesketh, a descendant of the Heskeths who owned Rufford Old Hall. Priest holes were discovered in the ‘old’ Great Hall at Mains and there are still priest holes contained within the Manor too. These carefully concealed hiding places were used by priests during the raids that were mounted repeatedly by the Protestant authorities. Cardinal Allen and other persecuted priests, spent many an hour hiding here in fear of their lives.

As well as providing a sanctuary for persecuted Catholic priests, a later member of the Hesketh family ‘unwillingly’ gave food and shelter to a marauding party of Scots troopers during the Jacobite rebellion in 1715.

The Hall has also been home to many other famous local families including the Fitzherbert-Brockholes, the most famous of which was Maria Fitzherbert, mistress and later, ‘wife’ to George IV. Mrs Fitzherbert, a staunch Catholic, had connections with Mains Hall through her marriage to Colonel Fitzherbert, her second husband. The Prince Regent, later to become George IV, torn between love and duty, illicitly courted the young Maria away from the gossip and speculation of London society.

It has been suggested by some historical sources that the Prince visited her here at the Mains estate. One can almost imagine the two lovers walking hand in hand here within the grounds in happier times.

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4 days ago

Mains Hall


We currently have the weekend of 13th and 14th April available at Mains Hall Manor.

Normal price is £800 per night but we are reducing this to only £700 per night based on 2 night's stay.

The Manor sleeps 14 in 7 fabulous feature bedrooms.

Please click on the BOOK NOW button for further information, or to secure this weekend - or telephone 01253 885130
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2 weeks ago

Mains Hall


We are looking to recruit a Trainee or Under Graduate who is interested in taking up a career in weddings and events.

The job will be part time 2.5 days per week - minimum of 16 hrs per week but could be up to 24 hrs per week where needed
Weekend work (Saturdays and Sundays) is essential given the nature of the business - plus one day in the week.

Previous and Required Skills
You will need to be highly proficient in administration and have good computer knowledge plus excellent written and communication skills, as you will be responsible for the upkeep of client records etc.

Some skills in bar work or any hospitality based job would be an advantage, as would any office based admin role previously worked as this is the most important aspect of the role.

Training will be given on operational aspects and any other aspects connected to the running of the business office based.
The successful candidate will be able to display the following :

Excellent organisational skills and an exceptional attention to detail
Good communication skills - written and oral (telephone skills)
Proven track record of using computer systems, ideally with previous knowledge of Outlook/Excel/Word/ Databases
Previous experience in bar work, hotel banqueting and / or hospitality or hotel work
Absolute commitment to the highest standards of customer service

Flexibility of working hours - early morning shifts, late nights and weekends up to 20 hours per week
Must have own transport

We are a small exclusive family run venue with over 29 years’ experience in the weddings/conference/events industry.

You will work closely alongside a small team of exceptional professionals dedicated to providing the best in event management.
The ability to work hands on is vital, as is a flexible attitude to the work ethos.
The role is demanding and at the same time extremely rewarding.
Commitment to both the team and the business will be displayed in your ability to 'go that extra mile'.

A challenging and equally rewarding ‘hands on’ career move for someone who is interested in beginning a career in Weddings and Events Management.

NB: Will be required to attend staged interview process to include formal interview, working interview during an event and also computer skills, telephone and operational skills assessments

Please apply by CV only to:
or click - SEND EMAIL above
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3 weeks ago

Mains Hall

A huge thank you to ALL our fabulously talented suppliers who made our Open Day such a success - and we loved this colour scheme from the hugely talented Dawn at Creative Cover Hire.

Christian Allen was also here but I hadn't managed to snap him in action - but he did take some of these photos for us!

Twelve EVENT Management, were also here and again, sadly missed from these photos as they dashed around seeing all of you lovely couples.
Other fabulous suppliers are tagged in here. Make sure you follow them all on social media.

Photos Are Copyright to The Great Hall at Mains | Please do not take individual photos for use on other pages or websites but do share the whole album and credit The Great Hall at Mains| Please feel free to tag yourself in these photos. Thank You |
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4 weeks ago

Mains Hall

Wedding Open Day - Sunday 25th February 2018Feb 25, 11:00amThe Great Hall at MainsWe are delighted to announce our next Open Day.

We will be holding an Open Day on Sunday 25th February 2018.

Hours are from 11.00 am through to 4.00 pm.

During this time we will be showcasing this fabulous venue with themes and colour schemes from our local recommended suppliers.

We will have some Special Offers on too on any remaining dates in both 2018 and 2019, so please come along and ask one of our Event Managers for further details.

Mains Hall Manor - our Exclusive on site luxury accommodation, will also be open to view for a limited time.

A full list of our recommended suppliers who will be attending will be here soon.

* Photo Copyright to Christian Allen Photography - who will be with us on the day to assist you with all your wedding photo queries.
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Wedding Open Day - Sunday 25th February 2018

1 month ago

Mains Hall

Its Half Term - and we still have some availability for your stay.

Blackpool is within easy distance of your Exclusively Yours Manor House and there's lots to do in the area for young and old alike.

Contact us now for pricing and dates on 01253 885130 or email booking@mainshall.co.uk
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