Holmeswood Hall, Tarleton
Description: Holmeswood Hall
Date Listed: 11 October 1968
English Heritage Building ID: 357766
OS Grid Reference: SD4223317450
OS Grid Coordinates: 342233, 417450
Latitude/Longitude: 53.6504, -2.8754
Location: The Marshes Lane, Tarleton, Lancashire PR4 6JS
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TARLETON THE MARSHES LANE
SD 41 NW
6/63 Holmeswood Hall
Hunting or fishing lodge (or part thereof) built by Hesketh family of
Rufford, now farmhouse. Dated 1568 at 2nd floor; altered. Brick roughcast
and painted white; pitched roof concealed by parapet. Rectangular
single-cell 3-storey tower with embattled parapet, large rectangular
external chimney stack in left return wall continued above the parapet and
finished with battlements disguising flues; in south front one large square
window on each of the 1st 2 floors, a 3-light casement at 2nd floor, and
between the upper windows a carved stone plaque in ropework surround with a
wheatsheaf in the centre flanked by stylised letters T H (= Thomas Hesketh)
with date 15 68 in upper corners. Addition to rear. Other features and
interior of less interest. History: associated with fishing and hunting on
and around former Martin Mere (which was 4 miles long and 2 miles wide
before draining); probably built to protect Hesketh's disputed rights here.
Reference: VCH Lancs VI pp.116-7; and W.G. Procter "The Manor of Rufford
and the Ancient Family of the Heskeths" His. Soc. Lancs and Cheshire, 23,
Listing NGR: SD4223317450
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