Scarisbrick Hall Timeline

Here is a timeline showing how Scarisbrick Hall has been used over the centuries:

1238 – Simon de Grubhead gives his brother Gilbert de Scarisbrick the estate where Scarisbrick Hall now stands.

1837 – Augustus Pugin began work on building Scarisbrick Hall. This was Pugins first project as a fully fledged architect

1845 – Augustus Pugin completes Scarisbrick Hall

1860 РLady Ann Scarisbrick  inherits Scarisbrick Hall after the death of Charles Scarisbrick and moves to Scarisbrick Hall from France in June 1861.

1861 – Edward Welby Pugin begins work on making Scarisbrick Hall more grand.

1867 – Pugin completes his work Scarisbrick Hall

1867 – William Gladstone visits Scarisbrick Hall

1872 – Eliza Margaret Marquise de Casteja inherits Scarisbrick Hall after the death of Lady Ann Scarisbrick

1923 – Sir Thomas Talbot Leyland Scarisbrick (grandson of Charles Scarisbrick) purchases Scarisbrick Hall from the Casteja family

1930 – Sir Edward Talbot Scarisbrick (son of Sir Thomas Talbot Leyland Scarisbrick) inherits Scarisbrick Hall

1946 – Sir Edward Talbot Scarisbrick sells Scarisbrick Hall and it becomes a teacher training college

1963 – Development company buys Scarisbrick Hall estate with intention to demolish Scarisbrick Hall to build houses. Planning permission not granted because Scarisbrick Hall was a listed building

1963 – Charles Oxley buys Scarisbrick Hall to create an independent school: Scarisbrick Hall School

1998 – Nord Anglia purchase Scarisbrick Hall and merges Kingswood College and Scarisbrick Hall School, creating Kingswood College at Scarisbrick Hall

2007 – Nord Anglia sells Kingswood College at Scarisbrick Hall been sold to developers who intend making Scarisbrick Hall into a luxury hotel

2007 – Kingswood College Trust established to counter the sale to developers and purchase Kingswood College at Scarisbrick Hall. Kingswood College Trust are the current owners and occupiers of Scarisbrick Hall.

2009 РThe Headley family (Lynda Headley, Linda, Michael, Barry Cackett, Susan Aylmer and Greg Aylmer) buy Scarisbrick Hall. School is renamed to Scarisbrick Hall School and the Headley family will invest £15 million in the Hall and school to see it safely into the future.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Danny Ho October 25, 2009 at 7:48 am
Michaela November 13, 2009 at 11:36 pm

I was one of the very first pupils to attend Scarisbrick Hall (it took in boarders then), and my memories are mixed. Most of the teachers were quite prepared to hit children, some very violently. Charles Oxley himself was a vigorous supporter of corporal punishment all his life. I later became active in the Society of Teachers Opposed to Physical Punishment as a direct result. The school’s evangelical ethos was hardly child-friendly. Teachers included:

Michael Bielby – PE
Miss Duckering (not Duckworth!) – biology
Desmond Harmer-Smith – scripture
Mr Jones – art
Miss Ledson – biology
Miss Lympany – music
Mrs Milner – taught the younger ones
John Tudor Morris – English, an exceptional and inspiring teacher
Mr Ormer-Ornstein – English
Charles Oxley – Latin, scripture
Mr Porter – geography
Mr Riach (Scottish & deputy head) – history
Mr Roberts – French (ex-University School)
Mrs Rookwood – music (took over from Miss Lympany)
Mr Rookwood – scripture (took over from Harmer-Smith)
Mr Walker – Physics
Mr Watkins – maths
Ian Wride – chemistry (ex-University School)

rod higginson December 6, 2009 at 9:29 am

please keep me informed of progress

Admin December 7, 2009 at 3:12 pm

Thanks Danny, have updated with the latest news!

Phil Rice September 1, 2010 at 12:59 pm

I owe SO much to the school, teachers and fellow pupils, please keep me informed


Simon Bisset January 10, 2012 at 11:02 am

Perhaps you could flesh out the entry on Charles Oxley’s school. I believe he also owned Tower College in Rainhill, and the two schools had the same uniform. Charles Oxley ran the school as a mixed boarding school with day pupils. He ran it with a strong Evangelical Christian ethos. Corporal punishment was practised, supposedly without reference to gender but in fact I only ever heard of boys being caned. Judging by the old-pupils newsletter distributed by the former deputy head, a high proportion of pupils went on to positions of leadership in their respective denominational churches.

I echo Phil Rice’s comments.

Simon Bisset
Pupil 1975-1980

Jonathan Bull June 4, 2012 at 4:54 pm

Interesting that the timeline omits 1964 to 1997. I was amongst the last on the boarding side and went to the school in 1982 (10 years old). Corporate punishment was always an issue, although I never received it.

Mr Oxley was away during the week, but was always there for Sunday-School afternoons. For us, under 14, we had to wear full uniform on Saturdays (including cap) if we wanted to visit Southport, it was full uniform. Sunday was strictly a grey suit (and cap).
Boarding side closed 3 years later I believe due to lack of students. Most had been suspended, expelled, or pulled out by their parents.
I continued as a day student to finish the 1st ever GCSEs ( a bit of a farce in itself) and managed to be suspended twice for having my hair too short (too long would have caused the same suspension too,)
Dark years for the school, and with hindsight, a torment to all those involved.

Just seen recent activity at the school & I give 100% support to turning this facility into what it should have been in that era.
Children who attend Scarisbrick Hall School today deserve as much as what many of us missed out on and more too.

Jonathan Bull
Pupil 1982 – 1987 (ish)

Tahir Khurshid July 7, 2012 at 6:23 am

Tahir Khurshid 1966 – 1971

I have many mixed memories of being at school. However i did enjoy my time there and was sad to leave. Made some very good friends and hence the reason for this message. It would be great to hear from pupils at school at the same time i was there. What about the teachers? Miss Hazel Ledson she taught biology,Mr Ian Wride the chemistry teacher and many more.My e-mail address is look forward to hearing from anyone.

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