It's one of the oldest buildings in ,north Manchester.

But chances are you've never heard of it.

Tucked away behind a primary school in Moston, Hough Hall is thought to be more than 500-years-old.

The ramshackle timber-framed farm house is Grade II-listed and dates back to the early 16th Century.

It's derelict and in desperate need of repair.

And it's feared that if steps aren't taken to save it soon, the privately-owned hall could be lost forever.

Historian Alan Hampson, of New Moston, is among those who hope the hall can be restored.

Hough Hall pictured in 1960

He said: "Hough Hall is far and away the oldest building in Moston, and is a remarkable survival.

"I believe it is worthy of restoration and preservation because of its antiquity, its survival through the English Civil War and two World Wars, and its relatively unaltered state, despite many changes of usage.

"It is a fine example of the fairly modest Tudor manor houses that would once have been common in small villages and hamlets throughout Britain.

A broken English Heritage plaque on the wall of Hough Hall

"The aristocracy and nobility had their stately homes, many of which are preserved, although mostly of later vintage.

"However, halls such as this, with their surrounding farmland, were the real centres of rural life and economy in medieval England, yet are much less well represented today.

"It represents a snapshot of life in a north Manchester village as it was 400 to 500 years ago, and it would be a huge shame if, having lasted all this time, it were lost now."

Douglas Inchbold hopes the hall could be saved and turned into a 'Museum of  north Manchester' alongside community and teaching rooms.

But first he says the community has to come together and show there's an appetite to restore it.

He said: "We need to establish if it's savable because the only way we're ever going to get funding to restore it from Historic England or the National Lottery or whoever is if we can clearly demonstrate sustainability and a future use for it.

Hough Hall is thought to have been built in 1502

"First it needs a survey to bhe carried out.

"Then if it is savable, ideally it needs local peple coming together to put forward proposals for its restoration.

"It's very challenging, but it can be done. Clayton Hall is an example of how it can be done.

"But it is worth saving. It's one of the very few buildings of this age in the whole of Manchester.

"And there's its location. North Manchester is neglected in general, so it's worth saving on that score alone."

The hall, on Hough Hall Road, has fallen into disrepair in the last few years

Thought to have been built in 1502 for a Moston merchant called Hugh Sherlock, Hough Hall has a rich history.

It was acquired by Sir William Radcliffe of Ordsall Hall in 1568 and was passed through branches of the family for 200 years, when it was purchased by magistrate Colonel Samuel Taylor who was also responsible for building Moston House, and was later elected grand master of the Grand Orange Lodge of England.

In later years it was used as a butchers shop, doctors surgery and a lipstick manufacturer.

Land Register records show it was bought by its current owners in 2003 for £200,000.

They are thought to have lived there until about 2016 but the hall, which is on the council's buildings at risk register, has stood empty ever since, falling victim to vandalism and the weather and becoming increasingly delapidated.

Hough Hall pictured in 1905

In June the council's buildings 'at-risk' officer met with a representative of the owner on the site to survey and discuss the property.

Police are also aware of the ongoing issue with vandalism and have provided advice to the hall's owners.

In September, Hough Hall was briefly put up for sale again before being taken back off the market.

A listing on the RightMove website shows it listed with an asking price of £150,000.

Coun Nigel Murphy, deputy leader of Manchester council, said the authority was working with the owner to 'try and find a workable and sustainable future for Hough Hall'.

He added: "This historic building has been on our register of buildings at risk for a number of years and in that time we have worked closely with its owners to try and find a workable and sustainable future for Hough Hall.

"Even though the powers we have over such buildings are limited we recognise this is a Grade II listed building in serious decline.

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"We have had a long and cooperative relationship with its owner and have explored a range of different options including a full historic repair in order to secure the building’s long-term sustainable future.

"Another option would be to place the property on the open market to secure an appropriate restoration or re-use of the building.

"The council will continue in its dialogue with the owners to try and reach a resolution which benefits all parties."

Moston councillor Carl Ollerhead said: "The heritage of Manchester goes way beyond the mills and canals which dot our city.

"As a council we want to ensure that all Mancunians can enjoy and appreciate the rich history of this city, and as such we have worked to find a lasting solution for this historic building."

The Manchester Evening News has attempted to contact the building's owner.