History of Marbury Hall and Parkland

Information about the history of Marbury Hall and surrounding Parkland is frequently requested by visitors.  The Friends of Anderton and Marbury (FoAM) has undertaken a project to update and replace an Information Panel about Marbury Hall.  This will be mounted on the stone pillars at the site of the Hall, where a Panel used to exist.  Space on the new Interpretation Panel is limited, so we have made more of the collected material accessible here.

Research has been carried out by Frances Findlay, Chris Moseley, Nathan Rathbone and Alan Redley, with help from local historian Geoff Buchan (who kindly agreed to us using material from his book ‘BELMONT The House That Jack Built, 1996)’.

FoAM member Clive Brookes is researching Marbury during the Second World War and some of his research has been included in Section 5, Second World War Years.  Also,  letters and articles in the Northwich Guardian have resulted in new information coming to light from its readers.

This History of Marbury Hall and its surrounding Parkland has been compiled by Frances Findlay and Alan Redley.  Our thanks go to all those who have supplied information or helped in other ways.  The website will be updated as new information becomes available.

Frances Findlay and Alan Redley


Contents: Please click on the section you wish to read

Section 1  Families Associated with Marbury Hall

Section 2  Houses on the Marbury Hall Site

Section 3  Collections of Books, Art and Marbles Housed in Marbury Hall

Section 4  Marbury Hall Country Club

Section 5  Second World War Years

Section 6  ICI Ownership of Marbury Hall and Park

Section 7  Legends Associated with Marbury Hall and its Families

Section 8  Marbury Country Park


(Section 5 updated June 2014)

(Sections 1 and 3 updated August 2014)


21 Responses to “History of Marbury Hall and Parkland”

  • The Friends of Anderton and Marbury says:

    Hi Joe,

    I haven’t come across any photographs of the isolation hospital, but will let you know if I do.

    Regards, Alan Redley

  • Joe Whittaker says:

    Hi, I’ve been reading your website recently, I was wondering if any of your members have any photo’s of the isolation hospital at marbury off old Warrington rd,
    It ws situated on winnington side of Heydons pool
    Regards Joe

  • Elna Harrison says:

    The road through to Northwich was called The Old Hole and the ice-cream was made by an Italian family called Bacegalupo, always shortened to Bacchys. The dancing school was run by Kitty OAKES

  • The Friends of Anderton and Marbury says:

    Hi Paul
    I think we met at Marbury a few weeks ago. I would have replied sooner, but I have been away on holiday.
    Thank you so much for adding your comment to the website. These little snippets all add to our understanding of Marbury’s past. I wondered if your family had any relevant photos or other memorabilia, which we might borrow to photograph for our archives.
    Many thanks.
    Mary Jeeves (Chair, Friends of Anderton & Marbury)

  • Paul Harrison says:

    My great grandfather John Harrison worked on the estate in the 1930s when it was a country club. He was head groom. The gentry would visit for weekends etc enjoying riding, fishing, shooting and general relaxing. John made sure all the horses were ready and managed the stable lads that worked there. He would often sleep over the stalls in the hay ready for early starts. He told his son Vincent that he saw the Marbury Lady ! Quite a famous ghost in those parts and he was deadly serious. He was also a horse judge of hackney horses and hunters, very well respected too.

  • The Friends of Anderton and Marbury says:


    I don’t have the 1819 catalogue you refer to, but I can let you have a copy of the Sotheby’s Book Sale catalogue of 22 May 1933.

    Alan Redley

  • Mrs. Susan Allshorn says:

    Does anyone know where I can view a catalogue of the books in the Marbury Hall collection please. I understand there was a catalogue made around 1819?

  • Judith Dunn new Brown says:

    I lived in Northwich as a child and my mum taught dancing at Kitty Lakes dancing school where she taught some polish children that lived in Marbury hall.I remember mum taking me so see them and can remember how huge and the height of the rooms.It was (how I remember) a fabulous place.I also remember biking from Church Road with my boyfriend(now husband) to visit friends that lived in one of the huts and thinking how lovely they were inside.Many happy days spent in and around Marbury..it was our haunt as kids.I live on the isle of Anglesey,but when we visit friends it is lovely to look round all the old places……..happy days!

  • Anne Scrutton nee Riding says:

    Memories…. I lived in Marbury Road, Anderton at the top of Marbury Hollows. I went to Winnington Park School and caught the bus with all the Marbury Park kids. I had friends who lived in both East and West Park, names that come to mind are Suzanne Lamb and Susan Bradley. Dad worked for ICI and every Summer I went to Marbury Baths. I was taught to swim there by a lady who taught swimming there for years (I can see her but can’t remember her name). There after I would ride my bike to the baths after school in Summer. I remember the phone box. We didn’t have a phone and I remember biking with my Dad to the phone box to make calls to his old army mates in Preston (when I was little, sitting on the cross bar of his bike). When he was on the phone I would play on the steps that in grander times would have led to the mere. I too remember the garden beds and the fountain near the baths. What a shame the hall was allowed to fall into disrepair. I left Anderton and Northwich when I was 18 and never lived there again. The past 30 odd years I have lived in Sydney, Australia bringing up two Aussie children who despite the distance appreciate their Cheshire roots. Years ago when I was in my 20’s I was interviewed for a job by a guy who it turned out who had been a prisioner of war at Marbury, one of a number of interesting 6 degrees of separation moments I have had with Cheshire since being in Australia.

  • patricia campbell says:

    This has brought back so many memories for me and my family wish more people would print more memories.

  • Steve Roberts says:

    We lived in number 8! Oooops! I’ve gone senile in me old age! Since the last note I’ve remembered other things about Marbury:
    1. The bus service was rubbish – about 3 buses a day is all we got!
    2. The huge conker tree in the field directly opposite Woodcock’s farm entrance. I can’t remember how much time we spent chucking sticks up that tree to knock the conkers off the branches!
    3. Marbury Hall snooker room! We used to sneak in through the open windows in the summer – but we hadn’t a clue how to make the snooker table lights come on…..we played snooker in the dark for about years!
    4. I was the BEST paper boy in all of Comberbach and Marbury from 1965 to 1968! I got up to collect the papers from Wyatt’s paper shop in Comberbach at 6am every morning, including Sundays. I got 15 shillings a week wages!I went to school after I’d completed my morning paper round.
    5. “Three Trees”! Pete will remember – we played football nearly all the time on a patch of ground directly between the telephone box and Marbury Hall. We called it “Three Trees” – it was always better than playing on the football pitch over at East Park.
    6. “The Old Dole” – is how me mam used to call the road that went from Marbury, through to Barber’s Garage at the top end of Witton Street in Northwich. (Why it’s called the ‘Old Dole’ I don’t know – maybe I’ve got the spelling wrong, but I’m sure that’s what me mam always named it) I biked up and down that road for 2 years going to Sir John Deane’s Grammar School.
    5. Bill Gardener! Bill was an ICI employee, and actually also the gardener who tended all the lawns and gardens around Marbury Hall. He made a beautiful job of it always. I loved the smell of new-mown grass when Bill had been round with his lawn-mowers.
    6. The Marbury Shop: We got fed up of going for stuff and finding they had sold out or were waiting for delivery of something.
    7. Batchey’s the Ice Cream Man! Not very good by modern-day standards, but his ‘Dragon’s Blood’ on an ice-cream cornet was me favourite!

  • Pete Roberts says:

    Ayup Steve,
    Typical , you old bugger – we lived at number 8 , the Fletcher’s lived at number 7 ! ;)
    No mention of scrumping in the orchard – we had a few visits from the local bobby about that!

    Thanks again team – fine effort.

  • Steve Roberts says:

    Hi. Thanks for the info – really great to see the pictures and info from all those years ago. We grew up in Marbury – we lived in No7 West Park. Next door to the Perkins family. My brother Pete and I travelled to Winnington Park Primary school each day, until we left Marbury in 1966, and relocated to Weaverham.
    Another highlight for us was every Thursday night for the 1st Marbury Cubs and Scouts – which Tom Holland and David Ikin ran for many years.
    It has also to be said that Bonfire night at Marbury was THE event of the year for us kids! We kept a bonfire burning for 4 days after November the 5th!
    The water temperature of Marbury Pool on May 1st was, typically, 52 degrees! Bloody freezing! I think the warmest we ever experienced it was 74 degrees one summer! But…great great days…and a very happy childhood. We had nowt compared to kids these days – but we REALLY enjoyed what we had! Thanks again for the website!

  • Pete Roberts says:

    This takes me back !! I was brought up in Marbury (born 1954) and we were one of the last families to leave in 1966. Many happy days there and THE perfect place for kids to grow up – simply wonderful. All the rest of the family still live in close proximity to Marbury , but alas, I now live in Cape Town , South Africa. I was on holiday in Cheshire last year and spent a lovely day in Marbury Country Park – so many memories.
    Thanks for a wonderful website – I’m sure there are many others out there who enjoyed visiting it as much as I did.

    Thanks again,
    Pete Roberts

  • Clifford Brian Sharp says:

    I have followed a trail back to the Park and 66 West Park where my grandparents Edward and Kathleen Sharp + family Nora and Joan.
    I anyone has more on this family or knew them. It would be great to find out more.

    Clifford Brian Sharp

  • Jean Licence (nee Savage) says:

    Wonderful, I was born at 107 East Park in Marbury and I have spotted a picture with me in it. Love a copy it that were possible.

    Thank you for your efforts brought a lot of joy.

  • Chris Moysey says:

    Wonderful to see all the things i remember, from the gate house by the canal with its lovely rhodedendrons, the hall, the huts and the pool. We used the pool a lot when i was young, there was a sweet shop in one of the huts that we went to before riding our bikes home. I am so so pleased to see the statue in the courtyard, i thought everyone had forgotted about him! In 1968 i was inside the hall with a group of school friends, it must have been in the summer just before it was demolished the caretaker took us around, the stair case was magnificant to a youngster. I wish it had not been demolised it is such a shame.

  • ALAN SAVAGE says:

    I was 16 when I went to live at 107 East park……May I say that your photo’s and print are exceptional most enjoyable to see face that I remember….plus My Mother, My auntie, My father-in-law and my baby sister JEAN SAVAGE, I have a few snaps if you would like them an E’Mail would help

  • Michael Marberry says:

    Very interesting and informative, good work.

  • dee says:

    wonderful to see all the pictures takes me back .

  • Chris (Big) says:

    Great piece of work, well done to everyone involved.
    Very interesting.


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