Lymm Hall

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Lymm Hall is a moated country house in the village suburb of Lymm in Warrington, Cheshire, England. It is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II* listed building.[1]


A manor house and estate at Lymm once owned by the de Limm family came into the possession of the Domville family by marriage in 1342, when Robert Domville married Agnes, daughter of Thomas de Legh. The Domvilles were to occupy the site for the next 500 years.

The current house was built in the late 16th century for the Domville family. In the 18th or early 19th century, service wings were added. In about 1840, stepped gables and mullioned windows were installed, resulting in a symmetrical front in neo-Jacobean style.[2] The rose garden was designed by Edward Kemp in 1849; it was his first recorded commission.[3]

In 1697 the estate was bequeathed by William Domville to his nephew William Mascie of Sale who then left it to his sister Anne Taylor. The estate eventually passed into the hands of the Reverend Mascie Domville Taylor and on his death in 1846 was sold piecemeal. The estate comprised 564 acres, the Hall, 18 cottages, two public houses, four farms, a corn mill, a slaughter house, and a smith's and wheelwright's shop. [4] The Hall has had several owners since then.

The Hall and Moat House together with the adjacent buildings have been in the ownership of the Cottrill family since the early 1900s. The Hall and stables have now been divided into several flats and the grounds reduced to 10 acres. It is currently privately owned and not accessible to the public.


The main (north) front and the west front are constructed in coursed buff sandstone; the south front is in brick with stone dressings on a stone plinth. The roofs are slated and the chimneys constructed of stone. The house has two storeys and attics. The north front is E-shaped. It has a central porch with a balustrade, and three-light mullioned and transomed windows on each side. Above the porch is a two-light sash window. The parapet is plain, rising in two steps to the projecting wings. These have three-light mullioned windows in the lower level, three-light mullioned and transomed windows in the upper level, and a single-light window in the gable. The west front has sash windows, a projecting chimney, and a canted four-light oriel window. The south front is irregular in plan, with a recessed gabled portion to the left containing one window, a central portion with three windows, and a right gabled portion containing a canted two-storey bay window. To the right of the south front is a wing with a bow window containing a French window. Above this is a Doric cornice. The east front is obscured behind a 19th-century service wing.[1]

Associated structures[edit]

Lymm Hall is approached by a bridge over a moat (now dry) that dates probably from the middle of the 17th century. The bridge is listed at Grade II.[5] The former stables, probably dating from the early 17th century, have been converted into a house, and are also listed at Grade II.[6] The moated site on which the Hall stands, together with an ice house, are a Scheduled Monument.[7] To the west are two cockpits also recognised as a Scheduled Monument.[8]


  1. ^ a b Historic England, "Lymm Hall (1265849)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 5 August 2012 
  2. ^ de Figueiredo, Peter; Treuherz, Julian (1988), Cheshire Country Houses, Phillimore, pp. 249–50, ISBN 0-85033-655-4 
  3. ^ Davey, Elizabeth (2010), "A Complete and Constant Superintendence: The Cheshire Parks and Gardens of Edward Kemp (1817–1891)", Cheshire History (Cheshire Local History Association) (50): 71–99, ISSN 0141-8696 
  4. ^ "Lymm Hall". Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  5. ^ Historic England, "Bridge over moat to Lymm Hall, and adjacent moat walls (1227315)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 5 August 2012 
  6. ^ Historic England, "The Moat House, including the Cottage, at Lymm Hall (1226481)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 5 August 2012 
  7. ^ Historic England, "Lymm Hall moated site and ice house (1011146)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 5 August 2012 
  8. ^ Historic England, "Two cockpits 125m west of Lymm Hall (1018340)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 5 August 2012 

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Coordinates: 53°22′45″N 2°28′33″W / 53.37925°N 2.47591°W / 53.37925; -2.47591