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Tudor hall vanishes underground
Royton Hall
A stair tower is among the features uncovered by volunteers
The remains of a 16th century hall will be welcoming visitors this weekend, before they disappear underground.

Royton Hall in Oldham, Greater Manchester, has been uncovered as part of a project by the local history society, but only temporarily.

The hall, former home to the Byron family, will soon be covered back over.

Royton Local History Society is urging visitors to see the remains before they disappear, but is hoping to uncover them again for more exploration.

Among the features uncovered by volunteer teams have been original panes of glass and a Tudor stair tower.

Royton Hall
The hall was knocked down in 1939

Sir John Byron lived at Royton Hall around 1585. It was at the hall that, during the reign of Charles I, Sir Clifford Byron had a hand cut off by an intruder that he had disturbed.

Much of the district of Royton was held by John de Byron during the 13th century and remained in the Byron family until the early 17th century.

The hall, which was demolished in 1939, will be "open" for visitors on Saturday and Sunday.

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