Category Archives: Historic Houses,

Smithills Hall, Bolton

In 1335 William de Radcliffe acquired the manor of  Smithills. During the early years there would only have been the medieval Great Hall on the site, which  still exists there today. It is a large rectangular stone building and in here the family and … Continue reading

Posted in Historic Houses,, Medieval Lancashire, Stuart Lancashire, Tudor Lancashire, Victorian Lancashire | Tagged , | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Georgian Lancashire, Historic Houses, | Tagged , ,

Radcliffe Tower, Radcliffe near Bury

After the Norman Conquest of England, Nicholas FitzGilbert de Tabois was given confiscated Saxon manor land in the present day Radcliffe area. He took the name ‘de Radclyffe’  (which means            of Radcliffe) and his descendants continued to live in the area for hundreds of years. … Continue reading

Posted in Historic Houses,, Medieval Lancashire, Tudor Lancashire | Tagged , | 3 Comments

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

Posted in Georgian Lancashire, Historic Houses,, Stuart Lancashire | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Georgian Lancashire, Historic Houses,, Stuart Lancashire, Tudor Lancashire, Victorian Lancashire | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Samlesbury Hall, Samlesbury, near Preston

Samlesbury Hall was constructed by the Southworth family around 1425, but there may well have been an earlier hall on or nearby the present site. The person responsible for  much of the main fabric of what we see today was Sir Thomas … Continue reading

Posted in Historic Houses,, Tudor Lancashire | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Georgian Lancashire, Historic Houses,, Victorian Lancashire | Tagged , , , ,

Bank Hall, near Bretherton, West Lancashire

Bank Hall was the home of the Banastre family who lived in the Bretherton area from the 1200s onwards and were lords of the manor.  The 1577 Saxton map of Lancashire shows a Bank Hall, but this was probably demolished to make way … Continue reading

Posted in Historic Houses, | Tagged , , ,

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

Posted in Georgian Lancashire, Historic Houses,, Stuart Lancashire, Tudor Lancashire | Tagged , , ,

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

Posted in Georgian Lancashire, Historic Houses,, Stuart Lancashire, Tudor Lancashire | Tagged , ,