Our Story

Our Story

Browsholme Hall has a fascinating story to tell, being one of the oldest family homes in England. Over 510 years the Hall has been adapted to the tastes and needs of each generation of the Parker family; including the accumulation of possessions from the reign of Henry VII to the present day that create an eclectic and unusual collection.

Since 1507 the descendants of Edmund Parker  have settled throughout England, Europe and the New World, their family tree contributing to the continuing story of the Parkers of Browsholme.

Robert and Amanda occupy all parts of the house, from the ‘state’ rooms used for special occasions to the attic rooms used for the large archive of historic documents. It has not always been so, as in 1975 the Hall had fallen into a terrible state of repair with little comfort or sanitation, no employees and no income from the estate..

Robert Redmayne Parker inherited Browsholme in 1975, aged 20, from Col. Robert Goulbourne Parker, his fourth cousin once removed. Col Robert had lived alone in the house for many years with little income, and had dispersed much of the land and historic contents to enable him to stay in the Hall. When Robert inherited Browsholme he was living with his parents near Cambridge. It was clear that Browsholme would not survive unless major restoration work was done, so his parents sold up and moved to Lancashire. This sacrifice on their part cannot be under estimated, as they then devoted over twenty five years to restoring Browsholme and are responsible for keeping it within the Parker family.

Robert and Amanda took over the running of the Hall and estate in the 1990’s and continued the work his parents started, concentrating on developing Browsholme within the community and making it economically sound and sustainable. The house is now comfortable, with biomass fuelled hot water and heating, energy saving lighting and clean, spring water. There are over twenty local people working here as employees or volunteer guides, and Browsholme is back as a major contributor to the local economy.

Work continues in the grounds with increased wildflowers and wildlife around the lakes, and the 18thC Wilderness Garden is being restored with the assistance of local landscape architects and garden historians. The next generation, Eleanor and Roland, are heavily involved in life at Browsholme and share their parent’s passion for their home.

 

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Open Days and Hall Tours 2018

Wednesday 2nd May 2018

Enjoy an informative and entertaining guided tour of the Hall and explore the garden and grounds on ...

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Betsy Bumblebee Tales of a Scullery Maid

Sunday 12th August 2018

Join Betsy Bumblebee for an entertaining look at how life would have been for a scullery maid in the...

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Garden Workshop ‘Bulbs for Winter & Spring Colour’

Friday 19th October 2018

Whether as a surprise gift for Mother's Day, birthdays or special occasions or a treat for yourself,...

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Christmas Garden Workshop – Creating Colourful Containers

Tuesday 4th December 2018

A seasonal workshop presented by horticulturalist Marguerite Hughes, demonstrating how to create col...

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