The house from "Morris's Views of Seats," circa 1875.
Earlier Houses: There was an earlier house on, or near, the site of the 18th century house. It was at this earlier house that Thomas Stanley, 1st Earl of Derby, entertained Henry VII in 1495.
House & Family History: Lathom House was designed 1723 by the Italian architect Giacomo Leoni (who published Palladio's work in English) and enlarged circa 1873 by Thomas Henry Wyatt. The house was demolished in the 1920s after suffering severe damage during World War I. After the demolition of Lathom House the 3rd Earl of Lathom moved with his sister to Blyth Hall, Lancashire. After the demolition, parts of Leoni's house were rebuilt at Meols Hall. (We are grateful to Colin Stansfield for information on the history of Lathom House).
Vitruvius Britannicus: C. IV, pls. 94-98, 1767.
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. 250, 1852.
John Preston (J.P.) Neale, published under the title of Views of the Seats of Noblemen and Gentlemen in England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, among other titles: Vol. II, 1819.
House Listed: Demolished
Park Listed: Destroyed
Past Seat / Home of: SEATED AT EARLIER HOUSE: Thomas Stanley, 1st Earl of Derby, until 1504; Thomas Stanley, 2nd Earl of Derby, 1504-21; Edward Stanley, 3rd Earl of Derby, 1521-72; Henry Stanley, 4th Earl of Derby, 1572-93; Ferdinando Stanley, 5th Earl of Derby, 1593-94; William Stanley, 6th Earl of Derby, 1594-1642; James Stanley, 7th Earl of Derby, 1642-51. SEATED AT 18TH CENTURY HOUSE: Edward Bootle-Wilbraham, 1st Earl of Lathom and 2nd Baron Skelmersdale, until 1898; Edward George Bootle-Wilbraham, 2nd Earl of Lathom and 3rd Baron Skelmersdale, 1898-1910; Edward William Bootle-Wilbraham, 3rd Earl of Lathom and 4th Baron Skelmersdale, 1910-20.
Current Ownership Type: Demolished
Primary Current Ownership Use: Demolished
House Open to Public: No
Historic Houses Member: No