First depicted on the 1692 map of Dukinfield manor, but the earliest documentary reference to the site occurs in the will of Robert Duckenfield of 1691.
QUOTE Left to “my son to have one bed and the furniture thereunto belonging standing in my chamber at my house called GORSES”.
It is not clear what the status of The Gorses was in the 17th century, a hunting lodge farm or second home for the Duckenfield family.
In 1849 Gorse Old Hall is recorded as one building but in 1894 is shown as two buildings.
The current ruinous hall structure comprises of a western wing with a centrally placed inglenook fireplace, with the eastern wing showing a 17th century fireplace.
Archaeological and structural evidence confirms that the earliest part of the complex of Old Gorse Hall is the western wing, suggesting a date in the 16th century.
The University of Manchester Archaeological Unit undertook the survey and excavation work at Old Gorse Hall Dukinfield on behalf of the Friends of Gorse Hall during