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Capernwray Hall (Keer Bank)

  • Built / Designed For: Marton family

    House & Family History: Originally called Keer Bank, by 1830 the House's name had been changed to Capernwray Hall. The Dining Room and Drawing Room are divided by an 18th-century wooden screen with Corinthian pilasters said to be from St. Mary's Church, Lancaster. During World War II pupils from Ripley St. Thomas School in Lancaster were evacuated to the House; the grounds were used by the army for storing gasoline. On September 11, 1946 the Capernwray Estate was auctioned in Lancaster Town Hall. It was purchased by the Thomas family, who, beginning in 1947, opened the House as a Christian retreat and bible school.

  • Architect: Edmund Sharpe

    Date: 1840-44
    Designed: Designed Chapel (1840) and remodeled and enlarged House for George Marton (1844)

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    Architect: Sharpe & Paley

    Date: 1848
    Designed: Stables and service block

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    Architect: Paley & Austin

    Date: 1875–76
    Designed: Southeast block and Clock Tower

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    Architect: Thomas Hayton Mawson

    Date: 1901
    Designed: Rose Garden

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  • John Bernard (J.B.) Burke, published under the title of A Visitation of the Seats and Arms of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland, among other titles: Vol. I, p. 89, 1852.

  • House Listed: Grade II*

    Park Listed: Grade II

  • Past Seat / Home of: George Marton, 19th century; Marton family here from 1805 until 1940s. Major W. Ian Thomas, 20th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Charity / Nonprofit

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Mixed Use

    Ownership Details: Owned by The Capernwray Missionary Fellowship of Torchbearers and used as a Christian retreat center and Bible school.

  • House Open to Public: By Appointment

    Phone: 01524-733-908

    Email: info@capernwray.org.uk

    Website: http://www.capernwray.org

    Historic Houses Member: No