Nestled at the confluence of the River Aire and River Calder, the present day village of Methley was once home to a spectacular Tudor dwelling whose occupants gave the vicinity its name. The de Methley family, who would eventually become the Earls of Mexborough, played host to some of the most significant historical figures of the age. Including Richard of York, among others. In 18th century accounts Methley is recorded as possessing a spectacular carved minstrels gallery & elaborate plaster ceiling in its main hall. The old hall was expanded in the mid 19th century, however the following century brought declining fortunes for both the family & its namesake hall. Sadly, Methley Hall met its fate in 1958 & its inhabitants decamped to a lesser property at Arden Hall. Favorite bits of this long gone masterpiece? That wonderful stair! And, of course, that spectacular minstrels gallery!
More photos of Methley Hall here.
More on the Earls of Mexborough here. Photos of the present seat of the Earls of Mexborough at Arden Hall here.