This photograph from Frank Mitchells book on Gatley is identified as the OLD
Gatley Hall at the rear of the current Gatley Hall. (I have a problem with
this interpretation, as the photo clearly shows a building on the right hand
edge of the picture, This must be part of Gatley Hall, yet Gatley Hall
would be on the left of the picture)
They were of very different in period and architectural style.
furthermore, the own now referred to as Gatley Old Hall was apparently always
a farm, whilst the other was built as a gentleman's country residence.
There is no known date of construction but a number of photographs how it to
have been genuine half timbered and thatch, and we would date it at about late
According to the LTA's of Stockport Etchells it was owned by William
Bamford from some date prior to 1780 until 1824 and the estate then passed to
Hesketh Lloyd Bamford. The Tithe map of 1841 shows the owner as Hesketh
LLloyd Bamford Hesketh (He acquired his lengthy name by marriage).
For more detail, see Frank Mitchells Book, GATLEY, a pictorial