Quernmore Park

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Quernmore Park
Quernmore Park is located in the City of Lancaster district
Quernmore Park
Location within the City of Lancaster district
General information
TypeCountry house
LocationQuernmore, Lancashire
Coordinates54°03′31″N 2°44′24″W / 54.0586°N 2.7401°W / 54.0586; -2.7401Coordinates: 54°03′31″N 2°44′24″W / 54.0586°N 2.7401°W / 54.0586; -2.7401
Construction started1795
Technical details
MaterialSandstone ashlar with hipped slate roof
Floor count3
Design and construction
ArchitectProbably Thomas Harrison
Renovating team
ArchitectAlexander Mills
Listed Building – Grade II*
Designated4 October 1967
Reference no.1317735
Listed Building – Grade II
Official nameChain Lodge (or North Lodge)
Designated4 October 1967
Reference no.1164502
Listed Building – Grade II
Official name6 gatepiers and railings north of Chain Lodge
Designated4 October 1967
Reference no.1071752

Quernmore Park Hall is a grade II* listed Georgian country house which stands in a 20-acre estate in the village of Quernmore, part of the City of Lancaster district of England.

The house consists of a main 3-storey block with set back pavilions at each end. The main block is built of sandstone ashlar with 5 bays on three sides, a hipped slate roof and a central Ionic entrance portico.[1] It has 15 bedrooms and 4 reception rooms.


The Quernmore Park estate was sold by the Crown to Roger Downes of Wardley in 1630, passed c.1675 to Sir Thomas Preston of Furness and then passed by marriage to Hugh Clifford, 2nd Baron Clifford of Chudleigh.[2] It descended through the Clifford family until it was sold in 1794 to Charles Gibson of Preston. The present house was probably built by Thomas Harrison of Chester in 1795–1798, when the estate covered some 1900 acres (770 ha), which Gibson completely reorganised, creating new farms and fields. He died in 1823, after which it transferred to his son, also Charles, High Sheriff of Lancashire in 1827, who died soon after him in 1832.[3] Charles Gibson senior's wife continued to live at the house after the death of her son.

In c.1842 the house was acquired by William James Garnett (1818–1873), a prosperous cotton merchant of Lark Hill, Salford, conditional on the widow Gibson remaining in residence until her death, which occurred in 1843. He then commissioned Alexander Mills to remodel the frontage (adding the portico) and the interior entrance hall. He served as MP for Lancaster from 1857 to 1864. It then passed down to his son, also William Garnett (1852-1929), who was a Justice of the Peace (J.P.), Deputy-Lieutenant and appointed High Sheriff for 1879 and then in turn to his son, diplomat William James Garnett (1878–1965), who was High Sheriff for 1937 and 1941. On his death the property devolved to his younger brother Noel Trevor Garnett, an overseas civil servant, and then on the latter's death in 1961 to his son William Francis Garnett.

The estate was sold in 1990 by William Francis to the Oldroyd family.[4] The estate was for sale in 2012, with the house itself in 20 acres of grounds, for £2.5m. The Gardener's Cottage and Poster Gate Lodge are also on offer.

The Oyston family, of whom Karl is chairman of Blackpool F.C., purchased the property in 2014.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Quernmore Park, Quernmore". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 2013-01-30.
  2. ^ "The Early History of Man's Activities in the Quernmore Area". Retrieved 2013-01-31.
  3. ^ "A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 8". British History Online. Retrieved 2013-01-30.
  4. ^ "Home Information Pack -Quernmore Park Hall" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-01-30.
  5. ^ "Blackpool hit rock bottom as fans say Oyston family are driven only by greed and new boss Jose Riga tries to bring together squad that has TWELVE new players" - Daily Mail, 8 August 2014

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