I had a beautiful day out today to Speke Hall, Liverpool which is owned by the National Trust.
Evidence shows there was a large old house on this site in Saxon times ( from about 800AD ) but the present house building phase started in 1530. Parts of the earlier house are included in the Tudor building.
The Great Hall was the first part of the house to be built, in 1530. The Oak Parlour was added in 1531.There were several house building phases between 1540 and 1570 and then all major alterations were made by 1598.
The house stands close to the edge of the River Mersey on the way up to the estuary to the Irish Sea and also is next to Liverpool, John Lennon Airport. The runway is almost in the garden.
The Moat is now grassed over.
It is a lovely day out.