The Savile family were influential throughout West Yorkshire at this time, George Savile sold the Hall to Thomas Pilkington of Snapethorpe in 1603. When the Pilkingtons moved to Chevet Park near Newmillerdam in the 1750s, the Hall was let to Sir William Dudley. In 1759 on the night of February 19th an accident occurred and the Hall was burnt to the ground with the exception of two rooms in one of the wings. These rooms contained some old plaster panelled ceilings. The Hall was partly rebuilt by the owner at the time Sir Michael Pilkington. The Hall then sold in 1802 for £23,500 to Benjamin Heywood who practically rebuilt the Hall and erected the wall around the Park, evidence of the wall can still be seen running down Stanley Hill today on the right hand side of Aberford Road. He also made vast improvements to the gardens.