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  • Built / Designed For: Thomas Henry Ismay

    House & Family History: Dawpool was a palatial red sandstone mansion built in the mock Tudor style as a show house for Thomas Henry Ismay (1837-99), founder of the Oceanic Steam Navigation Company, more commonly known as the White Star Line (Dawpool's architect, Shaw, also built the White Star Building in Liverpool for Ismay). Thomas's son, J. Bruce Ismay, famously survived the sinking of the "Titanic." Dawpool was famous for its large, barrel-vaulted gallery, which inspired the Music Room at nearby Thornton Manor. Dawpool was always considered cold and unwelcoming; the Ismay family moved out only 21 years after the House was completed. The forbidding house never found another owner and was demolished in 1927.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: The Lodge and the 1892 Stables are extant.

  • Architect: Richard Norman Shaw

    Date: 1882-86
    Designed: House for Thomas Henry Ismay

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  • Title: Cheshire Country Houses
    Author: de Figueiredo, Peter; Treuherz, Julian
    Year Published: 1988
    Reference: pg. 228
    Publisher: Sussex: Phillimore & Co. Ltd.
    ISBN: 0850336554
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: England's Lost Houses From the Archives of Country Life
    Author: Worsley, Giles
    Year Published: 2002
    Reference: pg. 12
    Publisher: London: Aurum Press
    ISBN: 1854108204
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Demolished

    Park Listed: Destroyed

  • Past Seat / Home of: Thomas Henry Ismay, 1886-99; Ismay family here until 1907.

    Current Ownership Type: Demolished

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Demolished

  • House Open to Public: No

    Historic Houses Member: No