Wardley Hall

Wardley Hall has a long association with Worsley. Now the official residence of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Salford, Wardley Hall was originally the seat of the lord of the manor of Wardley.
The manor was held by members of the de Worsley family up to the 14th century when it passed by marriage to the Tyldesleys.

By 1609 it had passed to a Roger Downes, then passed through various owners until in 1760 it was bought by the Duke of Bridgewater and passed to his heirs until the 20th century, when it becamne the seat of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Salford, following the tenure of Captain Hart-Davis, who researched and published a history of the Hall.

The earliest parts of the building date back to the late 15th or early 16th centuries. It was once surrounded by a moat.
It has been known as 'the Skull House' on account of the skull, reputed to be that of the Catholic martyr, Ambrose Barlow. The skull is kept at the Hall but has gone missing on various occasions, only to return mysteriously.

In 1745 Jacobite troops are said to have camped on the adjacent Wardley Moor, an area since known locally as 'Rebel Field'. The 'rebels' were returning to Scotland following their march as far south as Derby to claim the throne for the Stuarts, led by Charles Edward Stuart or 'Bonnie Prince Charlie'.