Ford Green Hall is a lovely farmhouse dating back to the 17th century in Stoke-on-Trent. More details are available on fordgreenhall.org.uk. I’ve enjoyed my visit a lot. There were a few volunteers and they were so friendly and they answered all our questions. I would gladly visit Ford Green Hall again.
Ford Green Hall is one of the few houses surviving from the 17th century. The original frame structure was made in 1624 for Hugh Ford. The house had additions built to it through the years. The Ford family lived there for almost 200 years, before selling it in 1805. In the 19th century it was partitioned into cottages. During the restoration made by the City Council, the stairways were removed and the house returned to its initial form.
The parlour game is a very large room. It was originally used as a bedroom and sitting room.
This is a rent table, from c.1540. This kind of tables were used by both merchants and shopkeepers. The table has a loose top that would slid forward. Money would be placed inside for safety.
The kitchen is lovely too. It was built in the 1730s. Cooking was still made on open fire, so a separate kitchen would be a better choice, as it would be more safe.
This is the Porch. It was fashionable and made the house more imposing. It also had the purpose to prevent droughts.
This is glass, made out of thin sheets of horn, tallow soaked stretched linen on a frame. This is the first time I’ve heard about this.
I was surprised to hear that this candle holder was made a few centuries ago. It looks like a new modern, stylish Danish style home accessories.
The house is gorgeous. It is worth a visit. I bought a couple of second hand books from their shop and a new book about the Hall that I’m very keen on reading. There is also a nice looking tearoom, with a few places outside.
Ford Green Hall is on Ford Green Road, Smallthorne, Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 1NG. There is a free car park. Near the museum there is a lovely walking place, a nature reserve.