- Bank Hall
Infobox Historic building
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George Webster (Architect)1832 [Renovation]
George Anthony Legh Keck
JacobeanBank Hall is a Grade II* Listed Building, Jacobean mansion house situated to the south of the village of Bretherton, Lancashire. The present building of Bank Hall was first built in 1608 by the Bannister Family who where evicted from their family seat at PrestatynCastle in Wales in 1240. There is believed to have been a timber structure on the site prior to the 1608 construction. Bank Hall was extended during the 18th and 19th Centaury by the many descendants throughout the family tree which included the Bannister's, Fleetwood's, Legh's and the Keck's (later becoming Legh-Keck). The main extensions being in 1832-1833 to the design of the architect George Webster(1797-1864) (who was also the architect for the since demolished Penwortham Priory.) [Bank Hall Action Group Archives]
The 1832-1933 extensions where ordered by
George Anthony Legh Keck, who was the last resident owner of Bank Hall. After the death of his wife Elizabeth (who was also his first cousin) in 1837 and himself in 1860, Legh-Keck left no heir, so Bank Hall then passed to Legh-Keck's Sister-in-law and her husband who was Thomas Powys, 3rd Lord Lilford. Bank Hall is still in the Lilford Estates today and the current Lord Lilford resides in South Africa and Jersey. After the death of Legh-Keck Bank Hall was used as a holiday home by the Lilford Family until the late 1800's and was then leased out by Lord Lilford to Sir Harcourt Clare and his family. Sir Harcourt was the second ever Clerk to Lancashire County Council. The Second tenant was Edward Fredrick Crippen who was a rich businessman from Wigan who died a year later at the hall after his tenancy began. The next tenants where the Seddon-Brown family, Lieutenant Cornel Sir Norman Seddon-Brown was the owner of a very successful Cotton Mill business in Lancashire which had mills scattered across the county. After the departure of the Seddon-Brown family in 1938 the hall lay vacant yet again. The outbreak of war saw the army billited at Bank Hall and they manned all the movement of the ports between Barrow-in-Furness in the North and Holyhead in Wales. This included Liverpool which was the main port to Europe of its time due to the Trans-Atlantic Route. After the War Bank Hall was handed back to the Lilford Estates who kept their estate office in the East Wing of the House until 1961 when the house was vacated. [Bank Hall Action Group (2004)Bank Hall, Bretherton, Lancashire, Written by Paul Dillon and Geoff Coxhead]
Bank Hall Action Group
In 1995 the Bank Hall Action Group are a 100% voluntary group who formed with the purpose to raise the public awareness of Bank Hall and aim for Restoration. They have been working to the present day to raise funds by holding events throughout the year and also by raise awareness of the buildings importance and condition and the urgency for action to save the building. The Heritage Trust for the North West have played a vital part of helping the Bank Hall Action Group raise the awareness of Bank Hall and shall also run a visitor centre from Bank Hall when the building is restored. [Bank Hall Action Group Archives]
Bank Hall in the media
Bank Hall featured on the first series of the
BBC's Restoration series in 2003. Bank Hall was the first building to open the first heat of the program which asked the public to vote for a listed building they thought should be restored. Bank Hall was in the North West category against Bracken Hill Tower, near Carlisle and The Victoria Baths in Manchester. Dispite being knocked out this heat by the Victoria Baths who went on to win this series, Bank Hall came overall second on votes compared to the rest of the buildings in the rest of the series.
Bank Hall was also a filming location in a
Hammer House of HorrorFilm "The Hauted House of Horror".
In 2006 the Bank Hall Action Group confirmed that property developers
Urban Splashwhere taken on board to help restore Bank Hall and develop a business plan to restore Bank Hall. The Heritage Trust for the North West are also keen to develop the old Potting Sheds, Greenhouse and walled kitchen garden to a heritage kitchen garden that shall also be open to the public with the rest of the leisure grounds that are home to the many specimen trees and flowers.
* [http://www.bankhallonline.2ya.com Bank Hall Events and Fundraising website]
* [http://www.bankhall.org.uk The Bank Hall Website]
* [http://www.htnw.co.uk/ Heritage Trust for the North West]
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