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Bank Hall

  • Built / Designed For: Thomas Patten

    House & Family History: In the late 19th century, because of the rapid encroachment of the manufacturing area of the town upon his property, Colonel John Wilson Patten, Lord Winmarleigh, took the decision in 1870 to sell Bank Hall and 13 acres to the town. Thus, one of the finest Georgian country houses in the Northwest became the Warrington Town Hall for the sum of £9,500.

    Comments: Pevsner called Bank Hall "the finest house of its date in south Lancashire."

  • Garden & Outbuildings: The famous cast iron gates were manufactured by the Coalbrookdale Company at Ironbridge, Shropshire, and were exhibited at the International Exhibition in London in 1862 (they were supposedly commissioned as a gift to Queen Victoria, who declined them).

  • Architect: James Gibbs

    Date: 1750
    Designed: House for Thomas Patten

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  • Title: Disintegration of a Heritage: Country Houses and their Collections, 1979-1992, The
    Author: Sayer, Michael
    Year Published: 1993
    Publisher: Norfolk: Michael Russell (Publishing)
    ISBN: 0859551970
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Grade I

    Park Listed: Not Listed

  • Past Seat / Home of: Thomas Patten, 18th century; Col. John Wilson Patten, Lord Winmarleigh, 19th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Government

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Offices

    Ownership Details: Bank Hall has been used as Warrington Town Hall since 1870.

  • House Open to Public: Yes

    Phone: 01925-444-400

    Website: http://www.warrington.gov.uk

    Historic Houses Member: No