As you walk
to the end of the Avenue of Trees, looking to your right and left you
can see the road Hall Drive, which was originally a pack horse route.
Hall, now Middlesbrough College.
It is slightly
bevelled, making the road free-draining.
is of great historical importance in the area and was mentioned in the
Domesday survey (1086), which recorded the Acklam estate as being in the
possession of Robert de Brus.
various hands over the years, evenutally the hall was bought from the
Boyntons in 1637 by William Hustler, a wealthy draper.
Sir William Hustler built the present hall between 1680 and 1683, and
was initially a two storied building, until 1845 when it was altered to
suit the fashion at the time.
is reputed to have a ghost called the Grey Lady, believed to be Charlotte,
wife of William Hustler, who died following an illness after the birth
of her second child around 1800.
was sold to Middlesbrough Corporation in 1928 for £11,500 and became
Acklam Hall Grammar School, later becoming Middlesbrough College, and
a Grade 1 listed building.