History

Dedication of CKL, Feb 8th 1975, St. George's New Mills

Everyone enjoys a good history story, usually sitting round the fire!

Whaley Hall has had a varied history over the years. Regarding the age of the hall, the under croft, which is under the actual building, is perhaps the oldest part. Parts of this range between 12th - 14th century while there are parts of it that we still can not get into. 

If you visit the under croft during your stay do have a look at its vaulted doorways, and, if you are very quiet, you will sometimes hear the Spring running underneath. 

The Organ in here was built by Sixsmith's church organ builders.

Parts of the rear end of the hall date from around c 1554 and the roof spaces in this part of the house shows different stone and architecture than the rest of the building and under croft. 

The front of the hall is Georgian in design and the Ceiling in the front Living room is believed to be that of a similar design in the Crescent at Buxton, Coal Port did a lot of plates for Strap work Ceilings.

While the Marble Hall has Portland Stone walls and Oak Ceiling supported by a carved Stone archway, supporting a candelabrum the Principal Staircase is what is known as counter balanced, and certainly makes the hallway.

If you look up at the Key Stone in the Archway you will see the "Green Man".

The Conference room was added in the Victorian era and was originally built to be the Ball Room for which many well known people have come and stayed here at the hall over the years. 

The Ball Room was then eventually turned into a Chapel and was Consecrated by the then Bishop of Derby and Dedicated to Christ the King. It is now the Conference room known as the Old Chapel.

In 2011 we started fund raising towards the renovation of the Abbey Church. By Advent 2013 the works were completed and during 2013 Bishop David Wilcox blessed and dedicated the foundation of the Abbey Church and the roof cross. It was finally consecrated to Christ the King by the former Bishop of Stockport and Lambeth on the Feast of  Corpus Christi 2014.

The floor is slate and was dedicated in memory of people and the building work was generously supported by people who saw the vision of the Abbey, working towards unity and cohesion, to have a place of prayer, liturgy, peace, art and music, opening our doors  for people of all traditions and none.

One of the key features inside the abbey is the High Altar stained glass window, this was designed and made by Sister Stephen a member of the Canonesses of the Holy Sepuchre who came to England in around 1400AD.  The window is of the Holy Sepulchre, while the Window above it is of the Holy Spirit.