Cotton Hall can be dated back to 1630 according to dates in the cellars. It stayed in the Gilbert family for generations until 1843 when the family died out.
In 1844 Cotton Hall was purchased by the Earl Of Shrewsbury and was converted into a monastery. In 1873 it became a Roman Catholic boarding school known as Saint Wilfred's College Cotton. I believe the name Cotton College did not arise until the mid 1900's.
After closure a scandal did arise concerning a priest from the school and a number of students from schools around the area.
The site comprises two main buildings, the original manor house which is of a gothic style and the later built school which was made of red brick. It seems some work is going on slowly with the house it is stripped inside and not really much to see. The school building is in an extremely bad state and seems to of suffered fire damage at some point. However I did find it far more photographic internally.