Sandbach Hall, Cheshire
Artist: Blore, Edward
Medium: Pencil and ink on paper
This pencil drawing depicts the fine timber framed exterior of Sandbach Hall in Cheshire.
The existing building dates from 1656 and is considered to be one of the last timber framed houses to be erected in England. It was built in honour of Sir John Radclyffe, who had secured the town's market charter from Elizabeth I in 1579. As well as the elaborate 'magpie' exterior, the house boasts fine Jacobean fireplaces and original oak panelling. Although a priest hole can still be found on the premises, there is no evidence of a secret passage, once believed to extend to a nearby church.