Wardley Hall, near Salford
Artist: Blore, Edward
Medium: Pencil and ink on paper
This pencil drawing depicts the exterior of Wardley Hall, near Salford.
Although there are early records of Wardley found in the Domesday Book, the present building dates from the 16th century. Made of timber and brick, the facade's main feature is the unusually tall central chimney, seen in the middle of the drawing. Wardley Hall is alternatively known as the "House of the Skull", on account of the remains of a Catholic martyr, St. Ambrose Barlow, found encased in a glass cabinet on the premises. The house underwent major restoration in the 19th century and is currently the home of the Bishop of Salford.