Pownall Hall is a Grade II* listed building and was converted by the brewing magnate Henry Boddington in the late 19th century. The Hall is one of the finest examples of the work of the Century Guild “Arts and Crafts” in the country.
One of the earliest mentions of the estate is the appearance of “Richard de Pounale”, a farmer, in a charter from Edward I’s reign, dated 1297. It is uncertain whether that family took its name from the estate or vice versa, but the name was well established in medieval times.
Richard’s daughter, Margery de Pounale, married Hugh Fytton of Gawsworth in 1328. The house and estate passed by marriage to the Newton family in 1496, when Ellen Fitton married Humphrey Newton, a well-known 16th century lawyer.
A few years after the Restoration of the monarchy, the estate passed to the Worrall family in 1663. It seems that the house was split in the early 18th century with the Worralls living in one third and the Earl of Stamford and Warrington having the rest. The family’s most distinguished member was Captain John Worrall who fought with distinction alongside the Duke of Marlborough at the battle of Malplaquet in 1709. He was described as being “of Pownall, Gent” and he survived until 1760. His descendants remained at Pownall until 1817.