Pictures of England



Historic Towns & Picturesque Villages

England Articles

Pictures of Speke Hall

a Historic Building in the town of Liverpool, in the county of Merseyside

About Speke Hall

Sandwiched between the urban sprawl of Liverpool, Speke Hall is an astonishing survival from the past - a magnificent, unspoilt Tudor mansion, lying in its own gardens and woodland.

The house, seemingly little altered, was built for the Norris family between around 1490 and 1613. Amazingly, the buildings, although of differing dates, are all of the same style, the decorative black and white timbering, typical of Cheshire and Lancashire.

Speke Hall has four wings set around a courtyard. The great hall is the oldest part of the house, this has a huge battlemented Tudor fireplace at one end, at the other is glorious Flemish panelling carved with the busts of Roman emperors. The parlour has a rich Elizabethan ceiling and an overmantel with relief representing three generations of the Norris family. Many of the rooms show elaborate wallpapers by William Morris and sumptuous furnishings from the Hall's Victorian period.

The house contains a number of priest holes and secret hiding places, and there is good oak furniture collected by the Wyatt family, who bought the house in 1796. Richard Wyatt and his family spent time and money restoring the house. Later, Miss Adelaide Wyatt bequeathed the house back to descendents of the Norris family, the original owners of Speke Hall, and it was passed to the National Trust in 1944

The kitchens and servants quarters have been fully restored and equipped, this allows for an insight as to have the people employed worked and lived.

The fully restored gardens offer quiet woodland walks and excellent views over the Mersey basin towards the hills of Wales.

There is a shop for souvenirs, a cafe for refreshments and in the grounds there are pleasant picnic spots. The National Trust organises special events throughout the year and the hall can be hired for functions.

Share the beauty of England..

Recommended towns & villages near Speke Hall

St Luke's Church Interior.

Liverpool (616 Pictures)

a Historic City in the county of Merseyside

(7.0 miles, 11.3 km, direction NW)

From early humble origins Liverpool, over the centuries has grown and developed to become one of the most exciting cities to visit in Europe. Liverpool, rich though it is in.....

A long winding road in Lower Heswall, the area has remained unchanged for around 100 years.

Heswall (5 Pictures)

in the county of Merseyside

(9.3 miles, 15.0 km, direction W)

Heswall, although situated on the banks of the River Dee remains very much part of Merseyside. It is fortunate to occupy a spacious area fringed by green wooded countryside, and is close to sands commencing at near-by Thurstaston...

Chester Cathedral in Winter

Chester (289 Pictures)

a Historic City in the county of Cheshire

(10.0 miles, 16.0 km, direction S)

Chester, the county town of Cheshire, is one of the oldest and most complete walled cities with fantastic architecture and history...

The Town Hall, Corporation Street, St.Helens.

St Helens (86 Pictures)

in the county of Merseyside

(10.0 miles, 16.1 km, direction NE)

Having transcended the Industrial Revolution and shaken off its old image, St.Helens is rapidly developing into a place of culture and style...

Aintree racecourse

Aintree (1 Pictures)

in the county of Merseyside

(10.2 miles, 16.4 km, direction N)


All towns in Merseyside
Complete A to Z of towns in England

Recommended attractions near Speke Hall

Ellesmere Port - Taken By David Thomas DEC 2001

Ellesmere Port Boat Museum (50 Pictures)

(3.4 miles, 5.5 km, direction S)

At The Boat Museum in Ellesmere Port we bring Britain's canal history back to life. Come and explore the exhibitions in the.....

Sea Life Sculpture Eastham Country Park looking over the Mersey

Eastham Woods Country Park (1 Pictures)

(3.7 miles, 5.9 km, direction W)


Sefton Park Daffodil Time

Sefton Park Palm House (15 Pictures)

(4.2 miles, 6.7 km, direction NW)

A Victorian glasshouse, showcasing the liverpool Botanical collection...

Lady Lever Gallery - Port Sunlight

Lady Lever Art Gallery (3 Pictures)

(5.3 miles, 8.6 km, direction W)

This fascinating art gallery was built by the Ist Viscount Leverhulme, the great benefactor who founded the Lever empire and.....

Liverpool Cathedral, Liverpool, Merseyside - July 2005

Liverpool Cathedral (19 Pictures)

(5.8 miles, 9.4 km, direction NW)

That Liverpool should finally have a Roman Catholic Cathedral of its own, was a dream come true when on 14th May 1967, the.....

All attractions in Merseyside
Complete A to Z of attractions in England