Crosby Hall, Liverpool

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Crosby Hall
Crosby Hall, Little Crosby (geograph 4072617).jpg
Crosby Hall, near Liverpool
Location Crosby, Liverpool
Coordinates 53°30′24″N 3°1′20″W / 53.50667°N 3.02222°W / 53.50667; -3.02222Coordinates: 53°30′24″N 3°1′20″W / 53.50667°N 3.02222°W / 53.50667; -3.02222
Built 1609
Crosby Hall, Liverpool is located in Merseyside
Crosby Hall, Liverpool
Location of Crosby Hall in Merseyside

Crosby Hall is situated in the ancient manor of Little Crosby, formerly in Lancashire.[1] Close to the city of Liverpool in the modern county of Merseyside, it is a Grade II* listed building. [2]

The existing hall was constructed circa 1785 in place of the previous Elizabethan manor house, some of which still remains. Almost square in layout it is a three-storey structure built of sandstone ashlar with a 3-span hipped roof of green slate.


Blundell arms

Crosby Hall was the manorial home of the Blundell family, lords of the manor of Crosby since the Middle Ages. Devoutly Catholic, Richard Blundell died in Lancaster Gaol in 1590 for his beliefs, where his son and daughter-in-law were also imprisoned for several years likewise for espousing Catholicism.

The family were Royalists during the Civil War, when the then squire, William Blundell, being severely injured at the Siege of Lancaster Castle was jailed with his family estates confiscated for ten years.[3]

In 1838-39 William Blundell was High Sheriff of Lancashire and various members of this gentry family have been Knights of Malta.[4] The present head of the family is Mark Blundell DL.[5]

A cadet branch are the Weld-Blundells, also staunch Catholics from which came Cardinal Weld.

Modern Use[edit]

Crosby Hall houses the Crosby Hall Education Trust (CHET), a registered charity, which was founded in 1988.[1] CHET was opened by HRH The Princess Margaret on 8 May 1991.[1] Its current role is to offer outdoor activity to various youth groups, besides corporate sidelines such as weddings and conferences.[1]

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