Situated in Smallthorne, Stoke-on-Trent. Ford Green Hall was built in 1624 for Hugh Ford. It is a fine example of a timber-framed farm house.
The Ford family lived at the Hall for nearly 200 years. Mr Ford was a yeoman dairy farmer and owned 36 acres of land. After the family left, the state of the house declined and it was divided into 3 and later 4 cottages. It is now owned by Stoke-on-Trent City Council but managed by residents of the community.
An award-winning museum, the Hall offers visitors a fascinating insight into life in the 17th century. The rooms are furnished with an outstanding collection of textiles, ceramics and furniture. Arts –
- The Museum has displays of art/culture and craft work produced by local people, some of which are on sale in the café/shop.
- Crafts – The Museum has craft workshops eg.
- A sewing group that produce amazing tapestries, many of which are on display within the Museum.
- Weekly knitting group which also covers social need..
- Community Café. – The Museum has a café which is used by visitors to the Museum and is open to non visitors, either within the building or the garden.
- The café also caters for various groups eg a walk group which operates, under normal circumstances, every week.