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Leasowe Castle, Wirral, in 1896

© the copyright holder. Photo credit: Williamson Art Gallery & Museum

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The oldest part of the hall, an octagonal tower, is attributed to Ferdinando, 5th Earl of Derby, in 1593, who built it as a hunting lodge and to watch horse racing. At a later date the building became dilapidated and known as Mockbeggar Hall. After changing hands a couple of times it became ‘Leasowe Castle’. The hall has seen many changes of use, from a private residence, a hospital, a German prisoner of war camp, a Railway Convalescent Home and more than once an hotel, which it remains today. In the front is ‘Canute’s Seat, put up by Sir Edward Cust because of the story that King Canute visited Leasowe.

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oil on panel


H 30.4 x W 44.4 cm

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