dating back to the 12th Century
A Brief History of
Meols Hall has survived since the early reign of King John and has passed through 27 generations to the present owner. Before the Norman Conquest, the Manor of North Meols was held by 5 Thanes, thought to have been descendants of Odda, the original Norse Settler of the ‘mels’ or sandhills of the Lancashire Coast.
The Heskeths of North Meols (now known as Churchtown) remained Catholic throughout the 17th and early 18th centuries. Sir Edmund Campion hid in the priest hole at Meols Hall on his last visit to Lancashire. Members of the family were imprisoned periodically and had the estate sequestered as recusants or for choosing the losing side in the civil war.
Meols Hall is open from mid-August to mid-September. Check with Historic Houses Association website for exact dates.
the house was used as a hospital
the First World War
During the First World War, the house was used as a hospital for wounded Belgian soldiers.
The present owner’s grandfather was an amateur architect who designed and built the house you see today, with rooms designed to display the family paintings that came back into his possession.
the example of its kind
The Tithe Barn
The Tithe Barn is one of the finest examples of its kind in England. It has been meticulously restored by local craftsmen and retains all of its original and authentic features, combined with every modern comfort.
a treasured souvenir
The new guidebook
The guidebook is available from our office for £10 (inc. postage and packaging). Packed with photos and information, it’s a trove of historical and artistic information, a treasured souvenir that will enhance a visit to this extraordinary property.
Southport’s oldest manor house
Meols Hall is Southport’s oldest manor house, dating back to the 12th Century. Set in a hundred acres of private parkland, adjoining the picturesque village of Churchtown, this is one of the first settlements in the North West, as dreamy now as it was then. After all these years it remains one of the most romantic venues in England.