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From Civil War and Jacobite Rebellion to the dangerous days of the reformation (when many of Lancashire’s landowning families were Catholic) and the world famous witch trials of 1612 Lancashire’s Historic House have witnessed a wide range of major historic events.
Discover the history and stories behind Lancashire’s grand houses and halls including the story behind the knighting of Sir Loin at Hoghton Tower; how JRR Tolkien was inspired by the countryside around Stonyhurst College; the tragic tale of the white lady at Samlesbury Hall and the gruesome severed head at Towneley Hall.
Beyond the stately buildings there are formal gardens and extensive grounds to explore, many featuring adventure playgrounds, sculpture trails, seasonal flower walks and farm animals – perfect for all the family to enjoy.
A few of Lancashire’s Historic Houses still have families in residence so you’ve very likely to bump into the lady of the house whilst enjoying a guided tour. Read more in Living In History.