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Permission Visit please if you would like to see this get in touch with someone who has been and can put you in contact with the caretaker his number is also on the door and is a lovely old gent who will open the gate and front door for you, he will also tell you some interesting history and bring along some old photographs of the place. He also allowed us a quick look inside the convent to the rear which was part stripped then just left, nothing really to see
last minute adventure with MD, WIMR, Trousercowboy & BoxfrenzyThe original part of the house was built in 1704 for the Molyneux family, on an estate of 400 acres that Richard Molyneux purchased in 1700. The site had had a house on since the Twelfth century, at one time serving as a the local headquarters of the Knights of St. John. After the death of Richard Molyneux in 1738 and his widow in 1766, Woolton Hall was acquired by Nicholas Ashton, High Sheriff of Lancashire, whose father was one of the original undertakers and the principal financier of the Sankey Canal, the first canal of the British industrial revolution. In 1772, Robert Adam was employed to design a new frontage and redesign the interior. It remained in the Ashton family until the late Nineteenth century. The hall is a grade I listed building.
Woolton Wood would have originally formed part of the Woolton Hall estate and was probably divided off for one of the younger Ashton sons.
The house fell into disrepair and was scheduled for demolition, until it was saved in 1980 by John Hibbert, a local resident, who bought Woolton Hall and spent Â£100,000 renovating it. In 2005, there were plans to convert the estate and house into retirement care flats.