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Can anyone supply any pictures or information about Greaves Hall in happier days?
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Chronology of Greaves Hall, Banks, Nr Southport:
1900 The 'Mock Tudor' Mansion was originally built for Mr Thomas Talbot Leyland Scarisbrick after his marriage in 1895 to Josephine Chamberlain of Cleveland, Ohio, USA. An extensively travelled man who later was a member of Lancashire County Council and served as Mayor of Southport in 1904/5. The elevations of the two-storey building comprised a mix of timberframing and brickwork and the building had a tiled roof. It is of Tudor revival style, with multiple gables and patterned timber framing. It has been designed on a large scale, and uses an asymmetrical composition of gables, chimneysand oriels to achieve a picturesque outline. The architect is unknown.

The OS 1st Edition 1:2,500 shows Greaves Lane and prior to the hall being built so it is presumed that 'Greaves Hall' took its name from the lane.
193? In the 1930's Greaves Hall became Sherbrook Private Girls School.

In December 2012, Pamela Rider of Claremont Fan Court School sent a prospectus for Sherbrook School received from someone whose Grandmother attended the school in 1932. This interesting document contains many pictures from both inside and outside of Greaves Hall together with documentation for the school including the School Fees, Entrance Form and even a sample menu. Click here to download a pdf version of the Prospectus

P. Rider
Dec 2012

1939 In around 1914, the West Derby Union converted and extended a former convent on Waterloo Road at Seaforth to provide accommodation for 'mental defectives'. The inmates of the institution, known as Seafield House, were mainly children. At the outbreak of World War 2 in 1939, all the children were evacuated to Greaves Hall Hospital, Southport. Source
1948 Greaves Hall Hospital Foundation Year Source
1986 A recently discovered postcard (see below) which belonged to my dad who worked at Greaves Hall when training as a nurse in the 1980s. I seem to recall that he said that the postcards were originally produced possibly to raise money for a Christmas Charity.

Greaves Hall, Banks, Southport
Tom Fitzgerald

Greaves Hall Mansion - The chronological history of Greaves Hall, Banks, Nr Southport

Greaves Hall West view

A. Wright

1992 Greaves Hall Hospital Closed Source
1995 Greaves Hall Mansion was sold to W. S Lamm & Co Investments Ltd (incorporated in Gibraltar). "The price stated to have been paid on 11 February 2005 was £150,000" Land Registry
1997 Grade Two Listed Building  
1999 Application to demolish Greaves Hall refused (8/99/0911 refers) WLDC
2004 Major Fire July 2004 WLDC
2005 WLDC considers the compulsary purchase of Greaves Hall Mansion House from owners Baker Management Ltd claiming the condition of the Greaves Hall site and building is detrimentally affecting the area from an environmental and economic point of view. WLDC Cabinet 12 July 2005
2006 Application to WLDC by WS Lamm Investments Ltd for the demolition of Greaves Hall Mansion. "The value of Greaves Hall, as a listed building, is significantly compromised to the extent that it is considered that the building no longer warrants its listed status and opposing its demolition would be futile" WLDC
2007 Urban Exploration "visit" 13th January 2007 - documented exploration of the hall with interior photos. Click Here URBEX
2007 Greaves Hall - photo taken 11th September 2007. The mansion is now derelict K. Ball
2007 Greaves Hall - photo taken 11th September 2007. The mansion is now derelict K. Ball
2009 Greaves Hall is demolished by G & M Demolition after West Lancs Borough Council asked the owners, Gibralter based WS Lamm Investments, to have the grade II listed building demolished because it was unsafe.

North Meols Parish Councillor David Vickers said "The building had become so derelict that the roof had started to collapse making the building extremely dangerous. The only way to make it safe was to demolish it."

Cllr Vickers added "The Greaves Hall site is now designated as ‘employment land’ and is included in the village’s submission to the Local Development Framework as suitable for future development as small starter commercial units.

August 2009
2009 Demolition of Greaves Hall K. Ball
2009 Demolition of Greaves Hall K. Ball