A fire which badly damaged a 16th Century hall in Manchester is “suspicious”, police have said.
The blaze at Wythenshawe Hall, which broke out at about 03:30 GMT, destroyed the roof and caused extensive damage to an upper floor.
Insp Luke Breakspear, of Greater Manchester Police, said the fire investigation was in its infancy.
More than 50 firefighters tackled the fire at the timber-framed Tudor hall, which was built in 1540.
Wythenshawe was home to the Tatton family for about 400 years. It was donated to local people in 1926 and was previously run as a museum and art gallery.
History of Wythenshawe HallWythenshawe Hall was built around 1540 by Robert Tatton of Chester
The timber-built hall is now owned by Manchester City Council
The hall and the surrounding 250 acres of park land were given to the city by Lord and Lady Simon in 1926
It was an art gallery and museum until its closure in 2010
The Friends of Wythenshawe Hall volunteer group was established in 2012 and the building is now open to visitors again
It is a Grade II listed building
Source: Friends of Wythenshawe Hall
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