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Lancashire Halls & Famous Lancashire Homes & Landed Families & Ancestral History & General Local History

Over the years I have had an Interest in all types of History – Local – Royal & Family Histories & House Histories & Ephemera. I am lucky enough to live in Lancashire where a great bundle of Papers & Books Help everyone to learn about History with the Duchy of Lancaster being tied to the Crown, currently Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

If you would like Research Into Your Family Tree History or House History, I Will Write A 10 Page Reference Of Your Surname or Special House Address With A Name – This Costs Just £10 or £1 Per A4 Sheet – All Inclusive With A Folder – Further Copies As Gifts To Your Relatives In A Folder Will Be Charged At £7.50 – I Can Also Do Lord of the Manor Histories of Your Local Town For £10 For 10 Pages – All Printed – All Histories Are Copyright But Can Be Bought For £5 That Have Been Researched For Someone Else – There Are No Hidden Costs – You Pay What You See Above & All Areas Of The Country Are To Be Researched

I will refer to the 2 books – Famous Lancashire Homes by Kathleen Eyre & Lancashire Halls by Margaret Chapman who was Born in Darwen, the same town where I was born. See Margaret’s Wikipedia Page By Clicking Here

Lancashire North of The Ribble

Hornby Castle – Just Click The Google Map Link Below

Chunks Of History of Hornby Castle

In the 12th Century the de Montbegons Family built their Castle. These Normans had helped William I’s Conquest. At the time Alric, the rich Saxon, held Hornby but Romans & Celts before him had occupied this rocky eminence protected by the Wennings gurgling waters. After the de Montbengons came the powerful de Burghs. Hubert De Burgh, Earl of Kent, was Lord Chancellor in King John’s Time. His family Held Hornby Castle, despite their claimants and the quarrel continued until the Nevilles came into their own through Geoffrey de Neville, Lord of Hornby, who died in 1285.

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Alston Hall, Longridge – Just Click The Google Map Link Below

Chunks of History of Alston Hall, Longridge

Alston Hall is a 19th-century Victorian gothic style country mansion located in Longridge (near Preston) in LancashireEngland. It is not to be confused with the 15th-century Alston Old Hall nearby.


Alston Hall, designed by the architect Alfred Darbyshire, was built c.1876 for John Mercer, a Newton-le-Willows colliery owner. It passed down to his grand-daughter, who was a nun, and was then sold to the Eccles cotton manufacturing family who sold it in turn to William Birtwistle, another wealthy cotton industrialist. In 1949 the Birtwistles sold most of the land to the Church Commissioners and the hall itself, together with the remaining three acres of land, to Preston Borough Council as a Day Continuation College. In 1974 it was purchased by Lancashire County Council and converted to a residential training centre.[1]

Alston Hall is no longer owned and operated by Lancashire Adult Learning.[2] It is now owned by a private individual as a family home.

The hall is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building.[3]

Chingle Hall, Goosnargh – Click The Google Map Link Below

Chunks of History of Chingle Hall, Goosnargh


Originally, the land where Chingle Hall now stands was owned by Ughtred de Singleton from around 1066. In 1260 Adam de Singleton built a small manor house known as Singleton Hall. It was surrounded by a moat and the studded oak front door was accessed via a small wooden drawbridge, which was replaced in the 16th century by a brick-built bridge. The door and bridge have survived to this day, although some of the moat has now dried up. The hall, renamed Chingle Hall, remained in the possession of the Singleton family until Eleanor Singleton, the last of the line, died in 1585. The house then passed to the Wall family through the marriage of William Wall with Anne Singleton. Their son Anthony Wall, once mayor of Preston, died there in 1601. In 1680 the house was extended westwards. The Walls owned the hall until the mid-18th century when the house passed to a local branch of the Singleton family.[3]

From 1794 the house was owned by the Farrington family for some hundred years before being bought by the Longton family. In 1945, the house was rented by the Howarths before they bought the property in 1960. After Mr Howarth died the house stood empty and was badly vandalised, until Sandra and John Coppleston-Bruce bought the house in 1986 and restored it. The property was then bought by the Kirkhams in February 1995.[3]

The house and gardens are private property and are not open to the public.

Saint John Wall

Some[who?] have made the claim that Saint John Wall was born in the Hall in 1620. It is unlikely that he was a member of the Preston Wall family. He became a Roman Catholic priest in 1641. Some[who?] have claimed that Chingle Hall was used as a place of worship by Catholics during the time of the Catholic Reformation when it was illegal to practice mass in Britain. In 1678 John Wall was apprehended at Rushock Court near Bromsgrove. He was taken to Worcester jail, where he was offered his life if he would forsake his religion. He declined. Brought back from Worcester, he was drawn and quartered at Redhill on 22 August 1679. His quartered body was given to his friends, and was buried in St. Oswald’s churchyard. A Mr. Levison, however, allegedly acquired the martyr’s head, and it was treasured by the friars at Worcester until the dissolution of that house during the French Revolution. The Franciscan nuns at Taunton claim to possess a tooth and a bone of the martyr. He was canonised by Pope Paul VI in 1970.

Stonyhurst – Just Click The Google Map Link Below

Chunks of History of Stonyhurst

Stonyhurst is the name of a 1,000-acre (4 km2)[1] rural estate owned by the Society of Jesus near Clitheroe in Lancashire, England. It is centred on Stonyhurst College, occupying the great house, its preparatory school Stonyhurst Saint Mary’s Hall and the parish church, St Peter’s.[2]

Leighton Hall, Near Carnforth – Just Click The Google Map Link Below

Chunks of History of Leighton Hall

It was the seat of the 1642–1673 Middleton Baronetcy of Sir George Middleton, who was High Sheriff of Lancashire for 1661. He was succeeded by his grandson, George Middleton Oldfield, who died at the hall in 1708. It then passed to his son-in-law Albert Hodgson, who had married Oldfield’s daughter Dorothy. Hodgson became involved in the Jacobite rising of 1715, during which he was taken prisoner, and the house burnt with Hodgson’s possessions confiscated. When the hall was sold at public auction in 1722 it was bought by a friend, a Mr Winkley from Preston, who allowed Hodgson to live in the partly ruined house after his eventual release from prison. The estate then came into the possession of wealthy George Towneley of Towneley Hall in Burnley, through his marriage to Hodgson’s daughter Mary in the 1750s.[2]

The present house was built for Towneley in 1759–61 in Georgian style to a design by John Hird, and the woods replanted and park laid out in 1763. The couple had no children, and the estate was inherited by George’s nephew John, who sold it 1805.[3] In 1822 the property came into the possession of Richard Gillow, the grandson of furniture manufacturer Robert Gillow, who Gothicized the façade in 1822–25 using local white limestone.[1][4][A] In 1870 his son, Richard Thomas Gillow, commissioned the Lancaster architects Paley and Austin to add a three-storey wing containing a billiard room below, and guest rooms above.[5] Richard died in 1906, leaving the hall in a neglected condition and was succeeded by his grandson, Charles Richard Gillow, who died in 1923. Charles’ widow continued to live at the hall until her own death in 1966 at the age of 96. The property then passed via her daughter Helen to her grandson, Richard Gillow Reynolds who, with his wife Susan, is the current owner.[2]

In October 2021, the building was one of 142 sites across England to receive part of a £35-million injection into the government’s Culture Recovery Fund.[6]

The hall was featured in the 1984 ITV TV adaptation of the Sherlock Holmes story The Adventure of the Dancing Men, as Ridling Thorp Manor.

Borwick Hall – Just Click The Google Map Link Below

Chunks of History of Borwick Hall

The manor of Borwick is mentioned in the Domesday Book as being part of the estates of Roger of Poitou[1] but the oldest parts of the building still in existence date from the 14th century when a pele tower was built on the site.[2] It was bought c. 1590 by Roger Bindlosse.

The tower was extended to a manor house by Roger in the early 1590s before he died in 1595.[1] His son Robert inherited and was appointed High Sheriff of Lancashire in 1615. Robert’s son Sir Francis Bindlosse predeceased him and so the estate passed to Francis’s eldest son, Robert, who was created a baronet in 1641 and was elected MP for Lancashire in 1660. He also served twice as High Sheriff. He built a private Oratory on the estate. On his death in 1688 with no male heir the baronetcy became extinct and the estate passed to his only daughter, Cecilia, who had married William Standish. On her death there were again no male heirs and the estate passed to a daughter who had married Thomas Strickland of the Sizergh family. The Scottish soldier Charlie MacDougal is believed to have died in the grounds in 1745 following the infighting between the Scots returning from England with Bonnie Prince Charlie. The Stricklands sold the Hall in 1854 for £28,000 to Col. Marton of Capernwray.

By the early 19th century the Hall was falling into disrepair[3] and was only repaired in the 1910s, when it was leased to music critic John Alexander Fuller Maitland on the specific condition that he restore the building.[3] He died there in 1936.

After the Second World War during which the hall was used as a military base, the estate was sold to Lancashire Youth Clubs Association[3] and later passed into the ownership of Lancashire County Council.[4]

The Hall was used for exterior shots for the children’s TV programme The Ghosts of Motley Hall which ran on Granada TV from 1976 to 1978. The Hall stood in for the fictional Motley Hall, built in 1577, home to the Uproar family over the centuries, but now home to a group of ghosts from different eras.

Lindeth Tower, Silverdale – Just Click The Google Map Link Below

Chunks of History of Linden Tower

Lindeth Tower is a Victorian folly in Silverdale, Lancashire, England. It is an embattled square tower of three storeys. It was built in 1842 by the Preston banker Hesketh Fleetwood. Elizabeth Gaskell stayed in the tower in the 1840s and 1850s and her novel Ruth was written there. Lindeth Tower is a Grade II listed building


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