PERIOD COVERED 1721 – 1792 – ROYDEN FAMILY
Hillbark House and surrounding land was once owned by the Royden family. During the 19th century, the Roydens became wealthy landowners on the Wirral Peninsula and hugely successful shipbuilders, but they had lived and worked in Caldy and Frankby for many years before becoming so influential. Find out more about the earliest records of the Roydens and how they came to settle here.
PERIOD COVERED 1847 to 1868 – SALE OF FRANKBY LAND
The land on which the current Hillbark House now stands was once owned by a gentleman of West Kirby named Bryan John Robin. Find out more about how it came into the possession of the Royden family.
PERIOD COVERED 1868 – 1928 – THE FIRST HILLBARK HOUSE
Hillbark Hotel & Spa is a stunning example of Elizabethan revival architecture, but did you know that there was another, very beautiful house on this spot less than 100 years ago? Find out more about the original Hillbark House and the family who lived here.
PERIOD COVERED – 1847 – A SHIPWRECKED LEDWARD!
One of the frequent visitors to the original Hillbark House would have been Charles Ledward, the elder brother of Septimus Ledward, the wealthy merchant who built the house and laid out the grounds. Charles narrowly escaped death in 1847 and you can find out more about his adventure here.
PERIOD COVERED 1856 TO 1891 – THE HOUSE BUILT BY THE SOAP MILLIONAIRE
Did you know that the house which eventually became Hillbark House was built by a wealthy soap manufacturer who was born in the Black Country? Find out more here.
PERIOD COVERED 1891 – THE INSPIRATION FOR BIDSTON COURT
Did you know that the design of Bidston Court was inspired by the revival of black and white timbered buildings in the city of Chester during the 19th century? Edward Ould was the architect who was commissioned by Robert William Hudson to design and build Bidston Court and you can find out more about his designs here.
PERIOD COVERED 1884 – 1908 – THE SOAP SUCCESS STORY
Bidston Court was built by soap magnate Robert William Hudson in 1891 and the subject of soap would have dominated life at the house for many years. Find out more here……..