The Hammond School bought Hoole Bank House in 1969 and it was initially run as the education part of the school. By 1994, however, all departments of The Hammond School were based at Hoole Bank.

The house itself has had a rich and varied history. So far I have traced the occupation of Hoole Bank Estate back to 1785. The current house was built and extended between 1840 and 1860 (hopefully I will be able to narrow this date down soon!)

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A map of the Hoole Bank Estate from 1869

By 1899 the house was rather grand and had been decorated is the latest style.

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The back of Hoole Bank House, 1899. You can clearly see the now demolished far left wing.

The house remained a modern and fashionable home until World War One. It was used as a Red Cross Convalescent Hospital from 1914 – 1919 and was then bequeathed to The National Institute of the Blind as a guest house. American soldiers were stationed at Hoole Bank House during the World War Two and for a short time it was run as youth hostel. By the early 1960s the house was home to Hoole Bank School, which closed in 1969.

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Hoole Bank House Youth Hostel – 1960

If you have any memories of Hoole Bank House we would love to hear from you.

 

 

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