Shaw Hill

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Shaw Hill
Shaw Hill Leisure Club golf course - - 134957.jpg
Shaw Hill golf course and house
Shaw Hill is located in the Borough of Chorley
Shaw Hill
Location within the Borough of Chorley
General information
Type Country house
Location Whittle-le-Woods, Lancashire
Country England
Coordinates 53°40′58″N 2°38′31″W / 53.6827°N 2.6420°W / 53.6827; -2.6420Coordinates: 53°40′58″N 2°38′31″W / 53.6827°N 2.6420°W / 53.6827; -2.6420
Completed Early 1840s
Technical details
Material Ashlar with hipped slate roofs
Floor count 3
Design and construction
Architect Charles Reed
Listed Building – Grade II
Designated 17 April 1967
Reference no. 1361849

Shaw Hill is an 18th-century country house in Whittle-le-Woods, Lancashire, England, standing in 192 acres of parkland some 3 miles (5 km) north of Chorley. The estate is now the Shaw Hill Hotel, Golf Club and Country Club.

The house is a three-storey building of ashlar with hipped slate roofs concealed by a parapet, and it incorporates elements of a smaller, earlier house. The house is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building.[1]


The Crosse family of East Lancashire first acquired property in the Chorley area around 1400 and built a house on the Whittle-le-Woods site in the 1700s. Richard Crosse Legh was the High Sheriff of Lancashire for 1807 and a deputy-lieutenant of Lancashire. He bequeathed Shaw Hill to his daughter Anna Mary Crosse, who in 1828 married Thomas Bright Ikin, who then adopted the Crosse name as his surname.[2] He commissioned Charles Reed of Birkenhead to rebuild the existing house during the 1830s and asked William Sawrey Gilpin to landscape the estate. Thomas Bright was appointed High Sheriff of Lancashire for 1837 and was briefly MP for Wigan in 1841 (before his election was declared void).

After his death ownership of the property passed to his son Thomas Richard Crosse, Hon. Colonel of the 3rd and 4th Battalions, North Lancashire Regiment, who died in 1897. He had married Mary, the eldest daughter of the 4th Earl of Castle Stewart and had two daughters; Kathleen Mary and Ella Beatrice. Kathleen Mary never married and Ella Beatrice married John Ormerod Scarlet Thursby.[3]

The estate is now operated as a country house hotel and golf club. The house is owned and run by the Stokes family and offers 30 bedrooms, a restaurant and an indoor swimming pool. The golf club was founded in 1923 and now maintains an 18-hole course.[4]

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  1. ^ Historic England, "Shaw Hill, Whittle-le-Woods (1361849)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 4 April 2015 
  2. ^ "A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 6". British History Online. Retrieved 29 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Fox-Davies, Arthur. Armorial families : a directory of gentlemen of coat-armour. p. 86. 
  4. ^ "Shaw Hill-Golf". Retrieved 29 January 2013.