historical Lancashire venue for the Hopeful & Glorious Spring 2015 Art Market
Letham Haile, circa 16th century
Sir Cuthbert Clifton 1584-1634 and Thomas Joseph Clifton 1788-1851
I took these photos on my iPhone on a cold February day, as I had a flying visit to Lytham Hall after taking some jewellery pieces into the Drift Gallery in nearby St. Anne’s.
Lytham Hall is a hidden treasure, as I’ve been going to Lytham and St Anne’s for many years and never even knew of its existence… I will be there this April with a selection of my jewelart jewellery at the Spring Art Market.
The Spring Art Market is held on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 April and is open from 11-4pm in the West Wing area, next to the courtyard and above the cafe. There are free entry and limited car parking, or park nearby in Lytham and walk through the Hall grounds and parkland.
There will be over 25 stalls of glorious handmade arts and crafts. It’s a great opportunity to meet and chat with the artists / designer-makers about their work and perhaps buy something a bit different.
Watch a video from the Winter Art Market 2014 at Lytham Hall on the Hopeful & Glorious website
History info from Wikipedia (rewritten)
Lytham Hall is an 18th Century Georgian Country House in Lytham, Lancashire, situated a mile from the centre of town in 78 acres of wooded parkland.
Its history goes back much further, as it was recorded as ‘Lidun’ in the doomsday book of 1086. Then, in the 12th Century, it was given to Benedictine monks of Durham Priory for the foundation of a monastic cell, Lytham Priory.
Following the dissolution of the Monasteries in the 1530s it passed through various hands, before being acquired by a local landowner and staunch catholic Cuthbert Clifton in 1606 who built a house on the land. His descendant, Thomas Clifton replaced the house with the current Hall, which was built 1757-1764 to the design of John Carr of York in the Palladian style. For the next 200 years, the Clifton estate at its largest comprised 8,000 acres.
During the stewardship of Colonel John Talbot Clifton, the railway was built along the estate’s southern boundary and housing built on part of the land, the Clifton estates building many of the fine houses along Clifton Drive in Lytham.
His colourful grandson John Talbot Clifton took over in 1882 at the age of 14. During the First World War, Lytham Hall was used as a military hospital and afterwards, the Clifton family moved to Ireland – and then onto Scotland, he was a passionate traveller and died on an expedition to Timbuktoo in 1928. His wife Violet Beauclerk was the last person to live in the house.
Their son, Henry De Vere Clifton managed to squander the rest of the Clifton fortune and Lytham Hall and the remaining estate was sold off in the 1960s and the Hall was used for a while as office accommodation.
Lytham Hall is a grade 1 listed building, on the Heritage at Risk register and was purchased by Lytham Town Trust in 1997 with a donation from BAE systems and is currently leased to the Heritage Trust for the North West.
More info on Lytham Hall
Let me know if any of the Lytham Hall info is incorrect and I’ll amend it. Sam Rowena x