Here you can find examples of original source material relating to Worsley New Hall and links to other sites. The University of Salford is not responsible for the content of external websites. The links were correct when accessed on 25 October 2012.

General Source Material

These PDFs contain primary source material for use in the class room

Census Returns

These tell us about who lived and worked at the New Hall and surrounding buildings during the nineteenth and twenty century. You can view transcripts of the returns here:

The Worsley Wail

'Being the Unofficial Chronicle of the Worsley Red Cross Hospital'. There are only 4 issues of this publication and they are held in the Mullineux Collection at Salford City Archives. They provide an insight into hospital life. They contain some photographs and lists of patients.

Architectural Drawings

A small selection of Edward Blore's working drawings for Worsley New Hall, dating from the 1840s. The original drawings are held by the RIBA.

Queen Victoria's Journals

Pages from the Queen's private journals have been digitised and are now available to search and view online. They contain accounts of her visits to the New Hall in 1851 and 1857.

The following entries refer to the New Hall:

9 October 1851. Provides and account of the Royal Party's arrival at Worsley and their first evening at the Hall. It includes a brief description of the house and the work of James Nasmyth.

10 October 1851. Gives an account of Queen Victoria's journey through Salford and Manchester and her addresses at Peel Park and the Manchester Exchange. The Queen spends the afternoon in Worsley and watches an electric light display on the terraces of the New Hall in the evening.

11 October 1851. An account of the Royal Party's departure from Worsley. The Queen presents an address to Lord Ellesmere’s school children and local clergy in the Hall. The Party then travel by barge from the Hall to Patricroft Station.

29 June 1857 Refers to the Royal Party's arrival at Worsley. The Queen notes that they occupy the same rooms as in 1851.

30 June 1857. Provides an account of the Queen's visit to the Manchester Art Treasures Exhibition. The Party return to Worsley for dinner and the Queen comments on the ill health of Lord Ellesmere.

1 July 1857. The Royal Party visit the Exhibition for a second time. They spend the afternoon walking and driving with Lady Ellesmere in Worsley. Queen Victoria and Princess Fredericka plant trees in the grounds of the New Hall.


Britain From Above. This collection of aerofilms includes two aerial photographs of Worsley New Hall and grounds, dated 10 July 1927. The images show the building, terraces and steps up to Leigh Road. Users need to register (free) to zoom images. Image references: EPW018824; EPW018825

Lost Heritage. A list of country houses that have been demolished or left as ruins. The site features four black and white photographic prints of Worsley New Hall.

RIBApix. A searchable database of images from the collections of the British Architectural Library at the Royal Institute of British Architects. Contains one image of Worsley New Hall, a colour print of a drawing of the exterior of the building by the artist, George Moore (c. 1776-1859) dated 1840s. Image reference: RIBA32100.

Manchester Local Image Collection. This searchable database holds a number of images relating to Worsley New Hall available to view online including a drawing of the Brick Hall, viewed from the Bridgewater Canal by T. Allom, 1833 Ref: m6755.

Local History

History of Worsley. This website provides an introduction to the history of Worsley and includes a section on the New Hall, as well as the Brick Hall and Old Hall.

The Boothstown Website provides information about the history of Boothstown, once part of Bridgewater Estates under the Earl of Ellesmere.