Back to school

After a very busy and fun half-term, it is time to go back to school. Not all children enjoy this, and we found an example of this in relation to the Cliftons. John Talbot and wife Violet Clifton had five children. We always talk about Harry, who spent the family fortune. But in the archives in Preston we discovered a little note from Michael, the youngest son, who was born in 1917. It was written to his mother, probably in the mid-1920s, when he was taught at Ampleforth College. Dear Maima, Take me away, one master has refused to teach me, he is the WICKED one he hit a boy so hard four times yesterday that there were markes this morning he hit him for looking at a fly that was bussing near

Car rally

If John Talbot Clifton’s ghost is still around Lytham Hall, he will have had a field day earlier this month as we hosted a double stage of the North West Legend Fires Rally. The stage was part of a larger rally taking in Fleetwood Docks, Blackpool and Weeton Barracks. The high performance rally cars came through Home Farm, passed the dovecote and Georgian Hall and out through the historic park gates. Straw bales were put in place to protect the Hall from any over-enthusiastic drivers. John Talbot Clifton was a keen car racer himself. This photograph shows him in his Panhard-Levassor, a car that had finished second in the Paris to Vienna race in 1902, taken at the North Entrance of Lytham Ha



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