However, the old Grappenhall Hall School has recently closed and has an uncertain future, the fine early nineteenth century manor house was once owned by the Greenall Family and later became a residential school. It's a beautiful building which should be stirring the interests of architectural conservationists. The Parr family were also linked to Grappenhall, occupying Grappenhall Heys which lay about a mile from the village. This banking family were close to the Greenalls and are remembered through the Parr Arms - one of the pubs in the village. Certain members from both families have memorials in the church.
|Grappenhall village today. The cobbles are still there - not sure about the new pavement though!|
|The carving of the cat in the frieze on the church tower.|
|The old stocks, now kept in the church.|
Late eighteenth century grave showing the skull & crossbones, a symbol for mortality, but a symbol also used in Freemasonry.
|The early eighteenth century sundial in the church yard.|
|The medieval font.|
|The Royal Arms displayed in the Church.|
|One of the two pubs in the village; the Rams Head.|
|Grappenhall Hall, once owned by the Greenall family before becoming a residential school. Now in need of conservation.|
|Distant view of Grappenhall Hall.|
A similar view over a century ago, courtesy of this website which discusses Grappenhall's history.
All photos taken with permission by Dr David Harrison