Monument details

HER Number:19/4/1
Type of record:Building
Name:Ince Manor - Hall


The Hall as it stands is a rectangular building approximately 15.8m by 6.4m consisting of a single open hall. There is an internal wall passage running along the western side of the building leading to the Minstrels Gallery – or solar. There are two sets of stairs. A building survey carried out in 1983 identified a number of phases of development in the Hall dating from the mid to late 13th century.

Scheduled Monument and grade I listed Hall of the monastic manor or grange of St Werburgh's, Chester. The stone built hall stands on one side of an open court linked to a row of cottages by a low wall. A drawing on 1727 show buildings and a wall. Originally there were a number of timber framed buildings attached. . At some time perhaps in 19th century, a floor was inserted and the whole converted into a barn by inserting opposed doorways. The hall was partly destroyed by fire in 1895. After this the hall was used as a farm building . It is now used for storage.

A monastic grange was a farm owned and run by a monastic community and independent of the secular manorial system of communal agriculture and servile labour. The function of granges was to provide food and raw materials for consumption within the parent monastic house itself, and also to provide surpluses for sale for profit. The first monastic granges appeared in the 12th century but they continued to be constructed and used until the Dissolution.


Monument Types

  • GREAT HALL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • GRANGE (AD 13TH CENTURY to AD 14TH CENTURY - 1267 AD to 1399 AD)
  • MANOR (AD 13TH CENTURY to AD 14TH CENTURY - 1267 AD to 1399 AD)
  • STAIR (AD 13TH CENTURY to AD 16TH CENTURY - 1267 AD to 1539 AD)
Protected Status:Conservation Area (Active) 016: Ince Conservation Area; Scheduled Monument 1009635: Ince Manor Monastic Grange And Fishpond; Listed Building (I) 1138810: MANOR HOUSE OF ABBEY OF ST WERBURGH CHESTER, INCLUDING OLD HALL AND MONASTERY COTTAGES

Related records

19/4/0Related to: Ince Manor (Monument)

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