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In 1225 Chapel-en-le-Frith was founded by the King’s Foresters and in 1275 there is a record of Thomas de Wolfhunt who was empowered to take wolves.
Although thickly wooded on the whole, the Royal Forest also consisted of wild tracts of land.
In the next century Wheston Hall passed through several families but fell into disrepair, and the west wing became disused.
The cross which stands on four steps is 12 feet tall and is carved to the east with the Crucifixion of Christ. Wheston Cross probably dates from the 14th century when it marked the way leading from Tideswell to Buxton on the Forest road.
The family seat was eventually lost due to debt and passed to Thomas Freeman who in 1727 added a new 3-storey, 9-bay range to the north, giving Wheston Hall a Georgian façade.
Two further gables were created to the east, and the land around was transformed into a country estate with an avenue of trees, ending in a fine pair of gate piers with pineapple finials.
Old records, dating back to 1362, mention a Thomas Browne who was seated here.
Later records refer to a family known as Alleyne, who by the reign of Elizabeth I had served as Bailiffs and Collectors of the High Peak and had also become rich on the profits of local lead mining around Wheston.The lady died at Wheston Hall of a broken heart and was buried at Tideswell.