DiCamillo Companion

Bank Hall

  • Earlier Houses: There was at least one earlier house on, or near, the site of the current house.

    House & Family History: During World War II Bank Hall was occupied by the Royal Engineers, who used the house as a control center. The Powys family remained here until 1972, when they vacated the house; Bank Hall has been derelict since 1985. In 1995 the Friends of Bank Hall was formed to save the house; in 2003 Bank Hall was the first building to be featured in the BBC's "Restoration" TV series. The house was listed in the top 16 preservation basket cases in English Heritage's 2007 Buildings at Risk list. In 2017 the house and gardens were let by the Lilford Estates to the Heritage Trust for the North West on a 999-year lease.

    Collections: The contents were auctioned in 1861, after the death of 3rd Lord Lilford.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: The estate remains part of the Lilford Estates.

  • Architect: George Webster

    Date: 1832-33
    Designed: Jacobean style alterations for George Anthony Legh-Keck

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  • Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - HARDBACK
    Author: Colvin, Howard
    Year Published: 2008
    Reference: pg. 1101
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
    ISBN: 9780300125085
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Grade II*

    Park Listed: Not Listed

  • "The Haunted House of Horror" (1969). "Restoration" (2003–06 - BBC TV mini series).
  • Past Seat / Home of: SEATED AT EARLIER HOUSES: Sir Adam Banastre, 14th century. SEATED AT CURRENT HOUSE: Christopher Banastre, until 1690. Thomas Fleetwood, late 17th century. Colonel George Anthony Legh-Keck, 1802-60. Thomas Atherton Powys, 3rd Baron Lilford, 1860-61; Thomas Littleton Powys, 4th Baron Lilford, 1861-96; Powys family here until 1972.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Other

    Ownership Details: The house and estate are owned by the Lilford Estates, who let the house on a long-term to lease to a preservation group.

  • House Open to Public: Yes

    Website: https://www.bankhall.org/friends-of-bank-hall

    Historic Houses Member: No