DiCamillo Companion

Croxteth Hall

  • House & Family History: Queen Victoria, Prince Albert, and their children stayed at Croxteth Hall on October 9, 1851, the day before they visited Liverpool. Most of the interiors were destroyed by a 1952 fire. After the death of the 7th and last Earl of Sefton in 1972 the estate passed to Liverpool City Council.

    Collections: The remaining contents of Croxteth were sold by Christie's September 17-20, 1973.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: The estate was sold off in 1972, after the death of the last earl, with 500 acres of parkland kept as a setting for the house. The parkland contains the working home farm and the Victorian walled garden. The walled garden is home to Liverpool Botanics, founded by William Roscoe in 1802, and one of the oldest horticultural collections in Britain. The parkland is also home to the National Collection of Dracaena (dragon trees).

  • Architect: William Eden Nesfield

    Date: 1861
    Designed: Dairy

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    Architect: Thomas Henry Wyatt

    Date: 1874-77
    Designed: North range and northern end of east range

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    Architect: John MacVicar Anderson

    Date: 1902
    Designed: West range

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    Architect: John Douglas

    Date: 1870s
    Designed: Kennels for for 4th Earl of Sefton

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  • Title: Christie's Auction Catalog: The Remaining Contents of Croxteth Hall, Liverpool, Sep 17-20, 1973
    Author: NA
    Year Published: 1973
    Publisher: London: Christie's
    ISBN: NA
    Book Type: Softback

    Title: Victorian Country House, The
    Author: Girouard, Mark
    Year Published: 1990
    Reference: pg. 320
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
    ISBN: 0300034725
    Book Type: Softback

  • House Listed: Grade II*

    Park Listed: Grade II

  • "The Good Soldier" (1981 - TV movie). "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" (1984 - TV series, episode 1.7, "The Blue Carbuncle"). "The Hound of the Baskervilles" (1988 - TV movie). "The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes" (1991 - TV series, episode 1.5, "The Illustrious Client"). "The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes" (1993 - TV series, episode 1.9, "The Eligible Bachelor"). "The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes" (1994 - TV series, episode 1.4, "The Red Circle"). "The Tichborne Claimant" (1998 - as Tichborne Park). "The Forsyte Saga" (2002 - TV mini series, as James and Emily's home). "Most Haunted" (2004 - TV documentary, episode 4.4). "Hollyoaks" (2004 - TV series, the grounds cottage as Craven Court Hotel, where Ben and Izzy stay overnight). "Lilies" (2007 - BBC TV mini series).
  • Past Seat / Home of: Charles Molyneux, 1st Earl of Sefton, 18th century; Molyneux family here until 1972.

    Current Ownership Type: Government

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Visitor Attraction

    Ownership Details: The Estate is owned by Liverpool County Council.

  • House Open to Public: Yes

    Phone: 01512-285-311

    Fax: 01512-282-817

    Website: http://liverpoolcityhalls.co.uk

    Historic Houses Member: No


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