Bramhall, near Stockport
Artist: Blore, Edward
Medium: Pencil and ink on paper
This pencil drawing depicts the elaborate west front of Bramall Hall in Cheshire.
The site of this splendid timber framed manor house was originally titled 'Bromale' in the Domesday Book, a term now known to mean 'secret place'. William the Conqueror awarded the estate to Hamo de Masci, first Baron of Dunham Massey, in the 11th century. Although the existing building dates from the 14th century, its general appearence is Tudor, characterised by the 'magpie' black and white exterior and numerous gables. The interior boasts fine 16th century portraits, tapestries and murals.