Alston Hall

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Alston Hall
Alston Hall Adult Education College, Alston - - 536434.jpg
Alston Hall is located in the Borough of Ribble Valley
Alston Hall
Location within the Borough of Ribble Valley
General information
TypeCountry house
Architectural styleVictorian gothic
Town or cityLongridge, Lancashire
Coordinates53°48′00″N 2°35′46″W / 53.8000°N 2.5960°W / 53.8000; -2.5960Coordinates: 53°48′00″N 2°35′46″W / 53.8000°N 2.5960°W / 53.8000; -2.5960
OwnerLancashire County Council
Design and construction
ArchitectAlfred Darbyshire
The entrance tower of Alston Hall

Alston Hall is a 19th century Victorian gothic style country mansion located in Longridge (near Preston) in Lancashire, England. 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][2]

Alston Hall is no longer owned and operated by Lancashire Adult Learning <>.

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Alston Hall". Archived from the original on 2013-11-08. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
  2. ^ "Alston Hall Company profile". Zoominfo. Retrieved 2013-01-26.
  3. ^ Historic England, "Alston Hall (1434771)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 23 September 2016