Blythe Hall, Lathom

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Blythe Hall
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Blythe Hall, Lathom is located in the Borough of West Lancashire
Blythe Hall, Lathom
Location in West Lancashire
General information
Type Country house
Location Lathom, Lancashire
Country England
Coordinates 53°35′01″N 2°50′59″W / 53.5835°N 2.8496°W / 53.5835; -2.8496Coordinates: 53°35′01″N 2°50′59″W / 53.5835°N 2.8496°W / 53.5835; -2.8496
Technical details
Material Rendered sandstone rubble
Floor count 2
Listed Building – Grade II
Designated 11 August 1972
Reference no. 1297543

Blythe Hall is a large grade II listed country house in Lathom, Lancashire, England, some 3 miles (5 km) north-east of Ormskirk.

It is a two storey building of rendered sandstone rubble with stone slate roofs to an originally H-shaped plan with added wings.[1]


Ii was probably built in the late 16th century or early 17th century and altered in early 19th century.

The hall was once the property of Evan Blackledge, who died in 1612, after which it passed through several generations of the Blackledge family. It was sold to the Hill family of Burccough in 1698 and then to Thomas Langton in 1800, who never moved in but instead leased it to Edward Clifton. In 1826 it was sold to Edward Bootle-Wilbraham, 1st Baron Skelmersdale.[2] whose eldest son and his wife Jessy lived there. Edward Bootle-Wilbraham, 1st Earl of Lathom was born in the house in 1837 and his sister, Rose Bootle-Wilbraham, was born there in 1842.[3] Their mother died there in 1892, leaving it in the possession of Rose, who never married and died in 1918.

It was radically altered and enlarged c.1918–21, at a cost of £60,000, by Edward Bootle-Wilbraham, 3rd Earl of Lathom (1895–1930), who was reluctant to restore and re-ooccupy the family seat at Lathom House after the First World War. Many of the materials used at Blythe Hall were salvaged from Lathom Hall. The third earl was a spendthrift with a passion for the London theatre and in the 1920s Blythe entertained theatrical celebrities such as Ivor Novello and Noël Coward. After the Earl's early death from tuberculosis the earldom was extinguished and the property sold in 1930 to a cotton merchant named Taylor. In 1933 it became a Catholic Seminary for training Passionist priests and called St Gabriel's Retreat. In 1973 it was bought by ex-footballer David Whelan for £80,000 and in 1980 by hoteliers John and Diana Craig.[4]

It was reduced in size in c.1975 by demolition of the oldest parts. In 2010 it is undergoing a further makeover by new owners Andy and Tracey Bell from Rufford.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Blythe Hall, Lathom". Retrieved 2013-01-12. 
  2. ^ Clarke, Stephen (1830). The New Lancashire Gazetteer.  Google Books
  3. ^ "Lancashire : biographies, Rolls of Honour". Retrieved 2013-01-12. 
  4. ^ "The Lathom Angel-Timelines". Retrieved 2013-01-13. 
  5. ^ "Lathom's Blythe Hall gets a massive makeover". Ormskirk and Slelmersdale Advertiser. Retrieved 2013-01-13.