The Bate Hall
Built circa 1525, the present property provides an architectural document of the Bate’s separate roles of family hearth and public hostelry. In a romantic novelette called ‘The Lost Heir’, or ‘Days of the Stuarts’ – a tale of Macclesfield in olden time – there is a reference to The Bate Hall of 1622 as an ancient hostelry.
Although it is often prefixed as a 16th century building in reality it dates back to even earlier times. Original wattle and crete is still to be found in the walls, though for the most part, it has been superseded by more contemporary building materials. And the neat, lattice windows at the rear of The Bate Hall also intimate, or at least imitate an earlier era. But the most outstanding antiquarian feature remaining is the Jacobean Staircase with its massive newel posts and pedents of solid oak, its heavy banisters running in a series of eight landings. There are other stories; stories of cock fighting and bear baiting in the Bate Yard; certainly both popular pastimes in Tudor England. Stories too of highwaymen and Ransoms…. The Bate Ghost that is said to walk, yet in the creaking darkness of the small hours!