Woolton Hall aka Wacky Tacky Manor aka Katie’s House


Woolton Hall is in Woolton, a suburb of Liverpool, Merseyside, England. It is a former country house built in 1704 and extensively renovated in 1772 by the influential architect Robert Adam. It is praised as the finest example of Robert Adam’s work in the north of England.

The original part of the house was built in 1704 for the Molyneux family, on an estate of 400 acres that Richard Molyneux purchased in 1700. The site had had a house on since the Twelfth century, at one time serving as the local headquarters of the Knights of St. John. After the death of Richard Molyneux in 1738 and his widow in 1766, Woolton Hall was acquired by Nicholas Ashton, High Sheriff of Lancashire, whose father was one of the original undertakers and the principal financier of the Sankey Canal, the first canal of the British industrial revolution. In 1772, Robert Adam was employed to design a new frontage and redesign the interior. It remained in the Ashton family until the late Nineteenth century. The hall is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade I listed building.

The house fell into disrepair and was scheduled for demolition, until it was saved in 1980 by John Hibbert, a local resident, who bought Woolton Hall and spent £100,000 renovating it. In 2005, there were plans to convert the estate and house into retirement care flats.

Our visits

Visited this place twice in the space of a few weeks, The place was interesting to say the least featuring a mixture of original architectural features but with a somewhat tacky  interior design which was partially due to renovations in the mid 1900’s. Given the places age and history I thought it would be worth a visit to check out some of the unusual rooms. The Committee Room 1 which was blue and circular shaped with Blue walls and a decorative ceiling rose had no windows or natural light and was a bit different and the room adjoining the main bar was also pretty interesting with portrait paintings of what appears to be some of the former owners of the estate.

All in all a decent couple of explores at this place, certainly something a bit different 🙂 on with the excessive amount of photos re-edited and with a few that missed the original cut…


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