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Acklam Hall
Acklam Hall and grounds.

You will see this view (picture to left) and will need to cross the road to walk directly down the Acklam Hall drive towards the college.

Follow the path either to the right or left of the college, and follow the college round. This will bring you back out to St Mary's Church.

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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.

Acklam Hall
Acklam Hall, now Middlesbrough College.

It is slightly bevelled, making the road free-draining.

Acklam Hall 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.

Passing through various hands over the years, evenutally the hall was bought from the Boyntons in 1637 by William Hustler, a wealthy draper.

His grandson, 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.

The hall 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.

The hall 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.

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