|Architectural style||Victorian gothic|
|Town or city||Longridge, Lancashire|
|Owner||Lancashire County Council|
|Design and construction|
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.
Alston Hall is no longer owned and operated by Lancashire Adult Learning <http://www.lep.co.uk/news/county-council-sells-alston-hall-country-mansion-1-7929311>.
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