Speke Hall is considered to be one of the finest examples of a wood-framed Tudor manor house in the world. The first sections of the house were constructed in 1530, although additional wings and extensions were added on throughout the rest of the sixteenth century. The Hall is currently owned by the National Trust and open to visitors.
The oak framed building is surrounded by a dry moat, and contains many traditional Tudor features. A wattle and daub construction technique was used, and recent conservation efforts have tried to emulate this technique. Visitors will be able to see a priest hole and special observation portal which would have allowed the occupants to watch for approaching threats. An “eavesdrop” hole is also present under the eaves of the house so that servants could listen to the conversation of arriving guests and warn the occupants of danger (or local gossip)! There are permanent exhibitions in the Hall which describe the history of the building and prominent owners.
Visitors are also able to enjoy a walk around the grounds at Speke Hall. From certain elevations within the grounds, it is possible to see panoramic views out across the Mersey Basin and onwards towards The Wirral.
For more information visit – https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/speke-hall-garden-and-estate