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Early mornings

When we open the magnificent gates in the morning, we often feel like we’re disturbing a private wildlife party. Flocks of doves, pairs of magpies, panicked bunnies and easy-going squirrels all seem to congregate around the driveway. The cows from the farmer blink lazily at you as you pass and the odd jay nips out of view. Gaggles of pheasants scurry away, crossing right in front of you. A visiting white cat looks perturbed as you are interrupting its hunting plans. The heron flies low across the grass, and if you’re really, really lucky, you might see a deer from the corner of your eye. They particularly like being up on the Mount for some reason too. On occasion you will see the remnants o

Lytham Pier

We have two fantastic images in the Billiard Room, which many of our visitors may not even notice, as they instead marvel at the gorgeous stained glass windows overlooking the courtyard or the giant billiard table. But they are nostalgic memories of a time that has passed. One of them is an artist’s impression of Lytham Pier and the other is a panoramic triple photograph looking back from the Pier to Lytham. The Pier was opened on Easter Monday 1865 by Eleanor Cecily Clifton, wife of Colonel John Talbot Clifton, having cost nearly £6,000. A pavilion was added towards the end of the nineteenth century, where theatre performances and concerts could be held. Latterly it was used as a roller ska

The book of Talbot by Violet Clifton

Violet Clifton’s literary career is little known, but her Book of Talbot won the James Tait Black prize in 1933. A little search shows a contemporary critique in the Spectator (25 May 1933, page 36), which may give you pause if you were thinking of picking it up to read. “This is an amazing book, for Talbot Clifton was an amazing man. He should have been an Elizabethan-solider-pirate-explorer, but, being born to a large estate in the late nineteenth century, he had to take his adventure where he could find it. He managed to find it, too. The goldfields of Alaska were one of his early hunting-grounds: then came the Barren Lands in the far North, where after months of voluntary hardship he sho

Logs for sale

Our Grounds volunteers have generated a large quantity of logs, which would make great firewood, once chopped to size and seasoned. These are being made available to raise funds for the running of the Hall. There is a suggested minimum donation to the Hall based on the size of trailer / pick-up or estate car. Interested? Call in to the Estate Office at Lytham Hall in person (Monday - Friday, 9am - 4.30pm) or phone 01253 736652 or mail lytham.hall@htnw.co.uk to make an appointment. Collection days, once an appointment has been made, are Thursday or Sunday afternoons between 1.30pm and 3.30pm. #logs #firewood #volunteers

Winter Art Fair and embroidery workshops

This weekend we’re hosting Hopeful and Glorious’ Winter Art Fair, with embroidery workshops in the historic Gillows dining room, which we promise to heat for the occasion. Embroidery was in fact a real hobby of Violet Clifton’s, the last Clifton to live at Lytham Hall. We suspect that the Jacobean crewel work on the bed which was made for Violet and John Talbot, could well have been embroidered by her. But a bigger hobby was writing, both non-fiction, poetry and plays; of which more in a later diary item. The dining room offers some fantastic Gillows of Lancaster furniture which was fortunately never sold. One is a very large curtain rail covering the entire length of the dining room, which

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Lytham Hall is owned by Lytham Town Trust (charity no. 1000098) and managed by  Heritage Trust for the North West (charity no. 508300).

 

 

 

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