New ideas sought for Croxteth Hall and Park, image: Culture Liverpool
Ambitious plans to transform the historic Grade 2 listed Croxteth Hall in to a new luxury hotel; spa and wedding venue have been put before local residents at a public consultation meeting at Croxteth Gems Centre on Wednesday 26th July. The proposals brought by Liverpool hotel firm, Signature Living aims to create the opening of a hospitality training centre for thirty apprentices and around a hundred jobs in the hotel.
In the plans, the public will be able to access the hotel and grounds free of charge whereas now there is a charge of £6 to enter the hall.
Lawrence Kenright, the owner of the firm has promised that if he is allowed to take over the running of the building, 33% of its pre-tax profits would go directly to local people in the form of a charitable donation.
He also added, “You’ve got to have an edge, you just can’t open and say here we are-it’s got to be something different from everywhere else-but these are not things we can do without the say so of the council. At the time of writing, the council has yet to make any announcement.”
The building which is the former country estate and ancestral home of the Molyneux family is now in the hands of Liverpool City Council which manages the remainder of the estate following the sale of approximately half of the grounds.
The original house was built in about 1575, and has been expanded in several stages in Tudor, Georgian, and Queen Anne styles. The principal front, the west façade, was built in 1702. Queen Victoria, Prince Albert, and their children stayed at Croxteth Hall on 9 October 1851 before visiting Liverpool the following day during torrential rain.