The Hall

The Hall

An Introduction

Browsholme Hall, pronounced ‘Brusom’, lies in the Forest of Bowland four miles north-west of Clitheroe. Built in 1507 by Edmund Parker, the Hall overlooks the Hodder Valley and is still lived in by that family and therefore has a genuine claim to be the oldest surviving family home in Lancashire.

Robert and Amanda are delighted to welcome visitors around the impressive stately rooms and give a flavour how the Hall has survived over the fourteen generations who have occupied it. Perhaps by appearance a museum this is a working family home that contains a remarkable antiquarian collection, representing the personal possessions that have accumulated over 500 years.

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History

Origins of the Parker family can be traced to 1381 when after the Black Death, Peter de Alcancotes accepted the office of ‘le park keeper’ of the Forest of Bowland from John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster.

The family motto ‘neither wind nor wave shall move us’ perhaps bears witness to the survival of Browsholme through the Reformation, the turbulence of the Civil Wars, the extravagance of the Regency period then through the Napoleonic, Boer and World Wars. Each period has left its trace … a skull from the Pilgrimage of Grace, a royalist coat worn by Capt. Thomas Whittingham, furniture by Gillow and Hepplewhite, even a fragment of a Zeppelin.

Browsholme Hall Drawing Room

Our guided tours illustrate a living history of the house as well as encapsulating the lifestyle and the survival of one family in Lancashire.

AntiqueArtist painting a portrait of a couple

The above images show a rare collection of late 17thC dolls, Jacobite memorabilia, Elizabeth Parker (The Gentleman’s daughter) and Robert and Amanda sitting for a conversation portrait by Norman Long of Preston.

Video Tour of Browsholme Hall

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Hall Tours and Garden Open Days for September

Wednesday 2nd September 2020

We are open every Wednesday and Thursday from the 2nd until the 23rd September.

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Browsholme Open Garden

Wednesday 2nd September 2020

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