Poulton Hall is believed to be the site of an old Medieval castle at Poulton. There are still traces
of earthworks and small amounts of evidence that a castle had existed here including some
nondescript remains of masonry around the area. This is a site which would have been of
strategic value since it overlooked a vital river crossing and occupied the high ground overlooking
the area. We do not know why the castle no longer exists, but we can assume that like many
around England, the funds were not there to sustain it and it would have fallen into disrepair.
Researchers at Nottingham university and Professor Stephen Harding who is heavily involved
with Wirrals heritage believe that Poulton Hall was maybe the site of Bruna’s old fortress, as the
Viking saga claims that the battle of Brunanburh took place on health land beside a river and
woodland. Only half a mile from Poulton Hall is Bebbington Heath which is next to the River
Dibbin and Storeton Woods, this would be in-keeping with the saga although we must remember
that it was written many years after the event. The below image shows the recorded map of the
castle ruins, whilst the second map has been overlaid onto todays map to show where the
castle would have been.
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On the site of the old castle today is a country house which was built in approximately 1650. It
was enlarged in 1720, and 1840. The site was owned by the same family 900 years. The House
and out buildings consisted of a library, home farm, outbuildings and curiosities. In addition to
interiors ranging from 17th to 20th century there are large cellars, a cobbled courtyard with a
small well, a cobbled stable and coach yard with brewhouse and a barn with minstrels gallery.
Edward Green's clock of 1755, commissioned by Edward from Joseph Smith of Chester, still sits
within the house and was restored in 1987. The clock drives three faces, two of which are on
the belfry, and one by the clock. The bell bears the inscription "Come away without delay 1755".
In the old brewhouse there is still the remains of the brew vat, now boarded over as a stage,
and downstairs is the fire hole and chimney. The Game larder is high quality Victorian
engineering and ensures that the room is always the coldest in the building. It is built on the
north elevation, with porous floor tiles and walls to give evaporation cooling from the rising
damp, slate slabs to keep cool and deter rodents, and perforated zinc (now being replaced by
stainless steel to the same specification) to prevent entry of insects. There is also a stuffed
bear inside which is over one hundred years old, he will hold your coat for you, or at least you
can hang it on him !
The gardens consist of two extensive walled gardens, restored to original layout with box
hedges. As you approach through the Upper Hall field there is a monument which was erected
by Scirard de Lancelyn. The meadow walk is a double figure-of-eight, with excursion paths to
the oak, hawthorn, rose and beech hedge copses. Within the garden is also a Ha Ha or sunken
fence. The 'Cheshire Cat's Grin', by textile artist Judith Railton, can be seen in the trees on the
right hand side of the gardens. There are also two heads of Knights used in the Poulton Hall
Centenary Production of Alice through the Looking Glass.
The gardens also contain a fine sundial, which is as old as the building and which has always
stood on the same site, is in the centre of the garden. An Egyptian obelisk recalls Roger
Lancelyn Green's Tales of Ancient Egypt and has been added in recent years. The domed
Gazebo is adorned with motifs, the work of art students. The borders on either side of the path
to the Gazebo contain shrubs and herbaceous plants in cool colours on one side, and hot on the
other. There is also the Classical Garden which has an arrangement of columns in one corner, a
stone eagle, various stone pots (including two new ones planted with Acanthus) and two
sculptures which commemorate Roger Lancelyn Green's Tales of Greece and Troy. The first is a
silhouette of a Fighting Greek and Trojan made by John and Carol White, and the second a fibre
art creation by Judith Railton of The Golden Apples of the Hesperides, with the guardian snake
below. Thee house and gardens are available for location filming and the barn for private
functions, the gardens are open to the public twice annually under the National Gardens Scheme.
If you are interested in visiting this property please apply in writing to:
A website with further detail and more photographs that is certainly worth a visit is: