Ince Blundell shown within Merseyside
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Ince Blundell is a village and civil parish in the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton in Merseyside, England but historically in Lancashire. It is situated to the north of Liverpool on the A565 road and to the east of the village of Hightown. There are two associated hamlets of Lady Green and Carr Houses.
Ince Blundell is probably the oldest settlement within the borough of Sefton.
In the 14th century, John Blundell, whose family were the predominant landowners in the area, added his surname to Ince. This was to distinguish it from the Ince in Cheshire and Ince-in-Makerfield near Wigan.
Built from 1720, Ince Blundell Hall was the home of the Blundells of Ince, who became the Weld-Blundells until 1959. The house is a Grade II* listed building, and is now a nursing home run by the Canonesses of Saint Augustine.
From 1997 until 2010 the village and civil parish of Ince Blundell was part of the Knowsley North and Sefton East constituency represented by George Howarth, a Labour Party MP. As a result of boundary revisions for the 2010 general election the Knowsley North and Sefton East constituency was abolished with Sefton East, including Ince Blundell, being merged with the northern parts of the former Crosby constituency, which was also abolished, to form the new Sefton Central constituency which is represented by the Labour Party MP Bill Esterson.
For elections to Sefton Council, the village and civil parish of Ince Blundell is part of Ravenmeols electoral ward which has three councillors, two of whom are all members of the Conservative Party, Their names are Barry Griffiths and David Mcivor. The newest Councillor is Catie Page (Labour).
There are two local pubs, both on the A565 north of the village: the Weld Blundell, on Scaffold Lane; and the Red Squirrel, which is part of the Harvester restaurant chain, at the junction of Scaffold Lane and Orrell Hill Lane. There is a social club located at the Village Hall. There is also a third pub, the Pheasant, a short distance away at the other end of Orrell Hill Lane at its junction with Moss Lane.
Ince Blundell Hall statues
Ince Blundell Hall was noted for the collection of marble statues from Ancient Rome and Ancient Greece and 17th and 18th-century Italian sculptures by artists such as Carlo Albacini and Bartolomeo Cavaceppi. They were collected by Henry Blundell and housed first in a purpose-built Garden Temple (1792), and later in a scaled-down version of the Pantheon (1802-1804). The ancient sculptures, including some from Hadrian's Villa at Tivoli, are now located in the World Museum, Liverpool. The 18th-century sculptures are in the city's Walker Art Gallery. Henry Blundell also collected paintings and furniture, some of which is in the Walker Art Gallery. Henry's estranged son Charles Robert Blundell (1761-1837) made a large collection of drawings many of which are also in the Walker Art Gallery and have been catalogued.
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- Ince Blundell Hall statues
- NML Conservation Centre
- Walker Art Gallery Sculpture Gallery
- amber cabinet
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