Visit Knowsley and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Knowsley, Merseyside. In a park of some 2,000 acres West of St Helens, surrounded by a wall about 12 miles long is Knowsley Hall, the private residence of the Stanley family, the Earls of Derby. The Stanleys are prominent in Lancashire and their history is interwoven with that of England. This site has been theirs for some six centuries, and the oldest part of the present mansion dates from the 15th century. It contains old masters and family portraits. The park is one of the largest in the county. A portion of the Hall that was prepared for the reception of Henry VII was rebuilt in 1820. On the gateway to the deer park are carved the words: “Bring good news and knock boldly”.
Thomas, 1st Earl of Derby, married Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and mother of Henry VII. Sir Edward Stanley, of Hornby Castle, was the fifth son of the 1st Earl. Henry, the 4th Earl, was one of the commissioners who tried Mary Queen of Scots in 1586. One member of the family, Ferdinando, Lord Derby, better known as Lord Strange, appears in our literary history. He was a patron of players, including Shakespeare, and had a book dedicated to him by Robert Greene, the poet, and panegyric by Spenser. The wife of the 7th Earl, Charlotte Stanley, held Lathom House near Ormskirk against the Parliamentarians in 1644. In 1780 the 12th Earl instigated the Derby horse-race. The 14th Earl, Edward Stanley, was a Classical scholar and statesman. As colonial secretary he carried out the emancipation of the West Indian slaves. He was three times Prime Minister. He published a translation of the Iliad into blank verse in 1864. The 15th Earl was also a distinguished Liberal politician. He was offered the crown of Greece in 1863, but he declined it.
Rainford, a village North East of Knowsley Hall, is in pleasant farming country, much of it owned by the Stanleys and Pilkingtons. Between Rainford and Billinge is Crank, on a ridge of higher land with some interesting caves where it is believed that Roman Catholic priests hid from persecution.
Adjacent cities/towns/villages: Aigburth, Aintree, Astmoor, Aughton, Bebington, Bickerstaffe, Billinge, Birkenhead, Bootle, Childwall, Clock Face, Crank, Cronton, Crosby, Deysbrook, Dingle, Eccleston, Fazakerley, Garston, Great Altcar, Halewood, Haydock, Higher Bebington, Huyton, Huyton Quarry, Ince Blundell, Kirkby, Litherland, Liverpool, Lower Bebington, Lydiate, Maghull, Melling, Mossley Hill, New Brighton, New Ferry, Pemberton, Port Sunlight, Prescot, Rainford, Rainhill, Roby, Rock Ferry, Seacombe, Seaforth, Seaforth Island, Sefton, Skelmersdale, St. Helens, Thatto Heath, Thornton, Thornton, Town Green, Toxteth, Upholland, Walton, Wavertree, West Derby, Widnes, Woolton
Have you decided to visit Knowsley or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Knowsley bed and breakfast (a Knowsley B&B or Knowsley b and b)
- a Knowsley guesthouse
- a Knowsley hotel (or motel)
- a Knowsley self-catering establishment, or
- other Knowsley accommodation