Category Archives: Georgian Lancashire

Platt Hall, Platt Fields Park, Rusholme

Raphe Worsley bought the Platt estate in 1625. He’d made his money  supplying yarn to local handloom weavers from Rusholme and selling the cloth they produced in Manchester. His son Charles was a high ranking officer in Oliver Cromwell’s army,  raising a regiment in Manchester and later … Continue reading

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Lytham Hall, Lytham

In 1606 Cuthbert Clifton bought the site of Lytham Hall and 5,500 acres of land from the Molyneux family.  He ordered the old manor house to be levelled so that he could have a new one built. This Jacobean house still exists today, connected … Continue reading

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Lancashire Museums have a short stay of execution

For the very latest on this story as of autumn 2016 click here The five Lancashire Museums that faced closure at the end of March, have a stay of execution until the end of September. Lancashire County Councillor Marcus Johnstone, cabinet … Continue reading

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Lydiate Hall ruins, Lydiate, West Lancashire

The original Lydiate Hall was built by Lawrence Ireland sometime in the 15oos. He had exchanged his land at Garston (near Liverpool) for estates at Lydiate and Maghull. The original hall he built was a single range, possibly made of stone. By the late … Continue reading

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Witton House, Witton Country Park, Blackburn

Witton House was a huge hall built and owned by the Feilden family.Wealthy textile merchants from Blackburn, they also owned nearby Woodfold Hall and Feniscowles Hall. Built in 1800s it was later extended by Joseph Feilden, who was a dominant figure in Blackburn society. … Continue reading

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Wycoller Hall, Wycoller Country Park, near Colne

The ruins of Wycoller Hall are the standing remains of a house with a lot of history, that has been continually added to and rebuilt over many years. Towards the end of this blog is a short guide, describing what can be … Continue reading

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Foulridge Wharf and Lime Kiln, Foulridge

Today Foulridge Wharf is a picturesque stretch of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. You can go on a canal boat cruise, have a drink and meal or just wander up the towpath, taking in the historical sites. Of particular interest  are … Continue reading

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Astley Hall, Astley, near Chorley

The first part of this grand hall was built sometime after 1576 by the Charnock family, when their original home in nearby Charnock Richard burnt down. Astley Hall today contains Tudor, Stuart and Georgian architecture that reflects the times and  building tastes of … Continue reading

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Hollinshead Hall ruins and Well House, near Tockholes

The hall ruins we see today are from 1776 when John Hollinshead built a new house on the site. It had previously been  home to a large farmhouse, dating from over hundred years earlier. This was mostly demolished, making way for the new hall and probably … Continue reading

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Worden Park Icehouse and Folly Arch, Leyland

The Georgians had a passion for the picturesque, manufacturing it where necessary, and blending it into the landscape to appear natural. These two features, the icehouse and the folly arch seem to have been built at the same time, probably … Continue reading

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