The house was built in the 1870s for Lt-Col James Fenton Greenall (1834–1899), of the Greenall brewing family, Commanding Officer of the 9th Lancashire Rifle Volunteers, at a cost of £15,700 by Alfred Waterhouse. In 1900 it was purchased by the family of George Kemp, 1st Baron Rochdale. They commissioned Bertram Symons-Jeune to design the water garden at Lingholm. Between 1885 and 1907, Beatrix Potter spent her summer holidays at Lingholm, where she wrote some of her best-known stories. During World War I, the house was used as a hospital for wounded officers.
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