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Acklam Hall, Hall Drive, Acklam, Middlesbrough, TS5 7DY

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History

“Acklam Hall’s history and heritage is prevalent throughout, so come and see for yourself, we’re the perfect venue! We look forward to seeing you.”
- Michael Jones, Managing Director, Acklam Hall

Acklam Hall History

In the early 17th century, when Acklam Hall was owned by Sir Francis Boynton, its long association with the Hustler family began. William Hustler, a cloth merchant from Bridlington, wanted a country estate close to the River Tees, from where he could trade. Initially he rented Acklam Hall, but in 1637 William Hustler bought the whole estate – which comprised the whole of the Acklam township as well as parts of Ayresome, Middlesbrough and Linthorpe – from the Boynton family.

Purchase Of Acklam Hall

1637

Acklam Hall History

Between 1680 and 1683 William Hustler’s grandson, also called William Hustler, and later knighted by Charles II, built Acklam Hall as a two-storey building, in the contemporary fashionable style, showing some Dutch influence.

A Contemporary Dutch Influence

1680

Acklam Hall History

For almost two hundred years Acklam Hall was the home of the Hustler family

The Hustler family home

1815

Acklam Hall History

For two hundred years Acklam Hall was occupied by successive generations of the Hustler family. One of these, Thomas Hustler, who originally came from Philadelphia in the USA and who was closely involved in the early development of Middlesbrough – ‘the infant Hercules’ as Gladstone famously described it – carried out significant alterations in 1845.

Thomas Hustler Alterations

1845

Acklam Hall History

The Hall retains many of the original architectural features created when the Hall was built in the late seventeenth century as well as features added just over 100 years ago by one of the finest architects of the early twentieth century, Walter Brierley.

Architect Walter Brierley

1912

Acklam Hall History

Middlesbrough Corporation converted Acklam Hall to become a school, and in September 1935 Acklam Hall School opened to boys.

Place Of Learning

1935

Acklam Hall History

The restoration begins to restore the grand Grade I Listed Building back to it’s former glory and open it’s doors to the public as a magnificent wedding venue, restaurant and business space.

Restoration of the Hall

2008 — 2015

Acklam Hall History

After an extensive restoration and renovation, in February 2016 we opened the doors of Acklam Hall, Middlesbrough’s only Grade 1 Listed Building. We’ve become successful across the North East and are renowned for being the perfect place to host a number of occasions and events.

2016 Onwards

2016+

Our History

Open since February 2016 Acklam Hall, the only Grade 1 listed building in Middlesbrough is now a beautiful venue for weddings, fine dining, prestigious serviced office accommodation and conference facilities. A new beginning for a building with a long and interesting history.

For almost two hundred years Acklam Hall was the home of the Hustler family, and since 1935 has, in various guises, been a place of learning fondly remembered by the people of Middlesbrough. The Hall retains many of the original architectural features created when the Hall was built in the late seventeenth century as well as features added just over 100 years ago by one of the finest architects of the early twentieth century, Walter Brierley. A place known as ‘Acklam Hall’ is mentioned in the Domesday survey of 1086, which recorded the Acklam estate – the name ‘Acklam’ is derived from Anglo-Saxon and means “place of oaks” – as being in the possession of Robert de Brus.

In the early 17th century, when Acklam Hall was owned by Sir Francis Boynton, its long association with the Hustler family began. William Hustler, a cloth merchant from Bridlington, wanted a country estate close to the River Tees, from where he could trade. Initially he rented Acklam Hall, but in 1680 William Hustler bought the whole estate – which comprised the whole of the Acklam township as well as parts of Ayresome, Middlesbrough and Linthorpe – from the Boynton family. Between 1680 and 1683 William Hustler’s grandson, also called William Hustler, and later knighted by Charles II, built Acklam Hall as a two-storey building, in the contemporary fashionable style, showing some Dutch influence.

Over the following two hundred years Acklam Hall was occupied by successive generations of the Hustler family. One of these, Thomas Hustler, who originally came from Philadelphia in the USA and who was closely involved in the early development of Middlesbrough – ‘the infant Hercules’ as Gladstone famously described it – carried out significant alterations in 1845. The Hall as we see it now owes much to the alterations carried out by the wonderfully-named William Hustler Hustler just prior to the First World War – modifications intended to make the Hall more suitable for an Edwardian family and household. However, less than ten years later, the Hustlers departed the Hall and it was subsequently purchased by Middlesbrough Corporation at auction, and the Hall began a new life as a seat of learning.

Middlesbrough Corporation converted Acklam Hall to become a school, and in September 1935 Acklam Hall School opened to boys. Over subsequent decades the Hall was extended and developed to accommodate changing educational needs. In 1958 the remaining ornamental gardens were removed and extensions were built for Acklam Hall Grammar School. In September 1967 Acklam Hall Grammar School merged with Kirby Girls’ Grammar School to form the co-educational Acklam High School. Between 1968 and 1971 two modern annexes were added, to the front and to either side of the Acklam Hall building– the Main School Block and the Sixth Form Block. In 1974 Acklam High School split to form Kings Manor School. The Main School Block was subsequently destroyed by fire and Kings Manor School moved to share a site with Hall Garth School. In more recent times the Hall has been a sixth-form college and part of Middlesbrough College, until the latter vacated the site in 2008 to move to new purpose-built premises. Now, following restoration and development, Acklam Hall enters a new chapter in its long history.

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Since the restoration…

What we’ve been up to over the past few years…

After an extensive restoration and renovation, in February 2016 we opened the doors of Acklam Hall, Middlesbrough’s only Grade 1 Listed Building. We’ve become successful across the North East and are renowned for being the perfect place to host a number of occasions and events.

Since opening, we’ve become a popular spot for afternoon tea and have had over 25,000 people walk through our doors to enjoy only the finest afternoon tea in Middlesbrough. Our kitchen is also now run by our executive Head Chef, Richard Greenup, renowned across the North East for providing a selection of premium menus from breakfast, to lunch, afternoon tea, a la carte options, tapas and a range of special dining events. As well as fabulous dining, we’re also known for working closely with our extensive wine suppliers to ensure our guests have only the most exclusive wines to choose from.

At Acklam Hall, we’ve also been privileged enough to host a number of fabulous weddings, with over 50 brides walking through our fabulous gardens, as well as a very special wedding day for one of our oldest brides at 90 years old. The past two years also played a part in the first bride to walk through Acklam Hall’s kissing gate in 100 years.

Our serviced offices are now home to a range of innovative North East based businesses and brands who are flourishing. We’re also a staple venue for a selection of exclusive business networking events, with many successful companies walking through our doors every day.

Every weekend and weekday, we see a special occasion or event, whether it’s a private party, a birthday, a celebration of life or an anniversary, at Acklam Hall we’re proud to be a part of all of these wonderful events and occasions and aim to make sure each and every one of our guests thoroughly enjoys themselves.

Since the grand unveiling we’ve established great relationships with a selection of local entertainers and are popular for live entertainment evenings as well as being the top venue choice for Christmas parties for clients and customers throughout the North East.

We’ve also become a popular spot for those wishing to hold exhibitions and craft fairs and this summer we have big plans to host a community festival for people within the local area.

As well as all of these exciting milestones, everyday we’re taken back to the historic stories and charm of Acklam Hall and have daily visitors who attended the hall back when it was a school. It’s great to reminisce and remember the history and significant journey that Acklam Hall has been on for over 300 years.

This year, at Acklam Hall, the annual charity we have decided to support is Middlesbrough & Teesside Philanthropic Foundation. We take part in a range of fundraising activities to support this worthy cause and the hard work that they do every day.

“A traditional and classic building which has been beautifully restored, at Acklam Hall, we believe we have everything you could possibly require from a North East Venue. Since the grand opening in February 2016, we have catered to and hosted some of the region’s finest occasions and we’re honored to be known for our first-class involvement in a number of events across the area.”

"We’re constantly looking at ways to improve on the selection of products and services we deliver to our clients across the North East. We see a very prosperous future for Acklam Hall and will continue to lead and innovate within the sector.”

“Acklam Hall’s history and heritage is prevalent throughout, so come and see for yourself, we’re the perfect venue! We look forward to seeing you.”

- Michael Jones, Managing Director, Acklam Hall