Lying on the bend of the River Irwell, Ordsall was part of the Demense of the Earl of Derby until 1251 when he exchanged it for land in Pendleton held by the De Hulton Family. Eighty years later it changed hands again to a branch of the Radclyffe family who would be the builders of Ordsall Hall in the fourteenth century when Sir Alexander Radclyffe was Sheriff of Lancashire. The area, said to be the inspiration behind Tony Warren’s idea…

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