History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
FitzRoger recovered, and to give thanks he made a pilgrimage to the shrine of St Cuthbert at Durham Cathedral. But he wasn't done yet; when he returned, FitzRoger gave money to found a Benedictine priory at Lytham, with the monks coming from Durham.
The priory was disbanded at the Reformation, and the land was purchased by Sir Thomas Holcroft. In 1606 Cuthbert Clifton bought the estate, and in 1625 he began building a new manor near the original priory site.
The staunchly Catholic Cliftons supported the Royalist cause in the Civil War, and the estate was seized, only to be restored to them at the Restoration of the Monarchy under Charles II. In 1750 the Cliftons called in John Carr of York, one of the leading architects of the day, to build an elegant new house in classical Palladian style.
This house was finished in 1764 and is essentially the building we can see today, though some of the earlier 16th-century manor still remains in the rear courtyard ranges.
The Clifton family fortunes dipped, due in part to extravagant spending by John Talbot Clifton (1868-1928). The house was eventually sold to an insurance company, and then to the Lytham Town Trust. It is now operated by a charitable trust and made available as a venue for weddings, conferences, receptions, and corporate events.
For those readers inclined to historic architecture, the house is built of red brick in a Flemish bond, beneath a hipped roof topped with slate from Cumberland. It stands three storeys high, in a symmetrical design, with a pedimented central bay. Within the wooded parkland surrounding the house is an 18th-century dovecote.
The house has regular public open days (generally on Sunday) throughout the spring, summer, and autumn, and the park is open four days a week during the same period. Please check the official Lytham Hall website for current opening details before undertaking a trip.
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About Lytham Hall
Address: Ballam Road, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, England, FY8 4JX
Attraction Type: Historic House
Location: Off Ballam Road. On-site parking. For satnavs use the postcode FY8 4TQ.
Website: Lytham Hall
Photo Credit: Keith Burroughs, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
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