A circa 1810 engraving of the house from "Peacock's Polite Repository" (shown before it was hugely enlarged in the mid-19th century)
The house, after the 19th century additions. From a circa 1910 postcard.
Earlier Houses: An earlier Elizabethan house was incorporated into the current house.
House & Family History: The Scarisbrick family, who were recusants, lived at Scarisbrick Hall from the 12th century until 1872, though the house continued in private ownership until 1946. On December 19, 1867 Gladstone visited Scarisbrick; for the occasion the house was famously illuminated with colored Bengal lanterns. After the death of Lady Scarisbrick in 1872 the estate passed to the Marquis de Casteja, who continued the expansion of the northeast service wing and engaged the firm of Pugin & Pugin to build St. Elizabeth's Church at Bescar. In 1962 Scarisbrick Hall was purchased and slated for demolition; it was ultimately saved and has now been restored as a college.
Architect: Augustus Welby Northmore PuginDate: 1830s-40s
Country Life: CXXIII, 506, 580, 1958.
House Listed: Grade I
Park Listed: Grade II
Past Seat / Home of: Thomas Scarisbrick Eccleston, 18th-19th centuries; Charles Scarisbrick, 19th century; Marie Emmanuel Alvar de Biaudos Scarisbrick, Marquis de Casteja, 19th century; Scarisbrick family here 1238 to 1946.
Current Ownership Type: School
Primary Current Ownership Use: School
Ownership Details: Since 1964 a school. Between 1998 and 2009 the school was named Kingswood College. Kingswood College was sold to a local family in August 2009, after which the name was changed to Scarisbrick Hall School.