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Post Stone Cross Mansion, Jan 2011. - 27-01-2011, 18:19


Stone Cross Mansion, Ulverston.

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Wilfred Burton Rowley Kennedy was one of fifteen children of Myles Kennedy and Margaret Rowley, in Ulverston, Cumbria. Myles was the owner of several iron mines in the area and lived in a large stone mansion and a tower with a panoramic view of Morecambe Bay and the Lake Mountains. The building was called "Stone Cross" from an ancient stone cross which stood near the site. Wilfred was born on the 8th July 1863 and was educated at Cheltenham and Trinity College, Cambridge. He served as a lieutenant with a local military Regiment, the 4th Battalion, Royal Lancaster Regiment.

It was Myles who built Stone Cross after making an unsuccessful bid for Conishead Priory. Col. Bradyll wanted 35,000, but Myles would offer no more than 30,000. Both were stubborn men and neither would give in. In the end Myles decided to build Stone Cross and had spent more than 35,000 before the first floor was completed. The main building, built of white limestone with Hexam freestone dressing, was established in 1874. The final bill, when it was presented in 1880, was a colossal 44,872 - 2s. - 2d.

The Kennedy family was living at Stone Cross to about 1950. The mansions more recently use has been as a special school owned by Lancashire County Council. In the main hall a beautiful oak staircase was demolished in order to facilitate the playing of indoor football. In the early 1980's the mansion and the estate had been acquired by a group of London businessmen. They wanted to make a 50 room "first class" hotel.

In recent years (1986 - 2002) Stone Cross Mansion was the head office of local company Marl International. Marl spent hundreds of thousands of pounds on the building, slowly restoring it and also bringing historic items back to the house.

In 2004 the building was put to fire and decimated by vandals. At the present moment there is a big dispute about its ownership and also if when sold what Its Future Use Will Be.

The Present Owners Persimmon Homes Wants to Convert Stone Cross into 20 Luxury Apartments with Another 20 to 25 Mews Style' Homes in the Grounds.

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Re-posted due to accidently deleting original thread


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haha you've done that a few times now.


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yup, not been with it today


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I liked it better the first time round
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Looks like hogwarts!

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Damn! I wish I'd know you were going! I used to work there about 15 years ago, I pass it everyday on my way to and from work! I thought it'd be locked tight! It's in a sorry state after the fire, I'm sure that there used to be some murals on the galleried landing that over looks the main hall? The dining room looks bad too, fireplace removed etc... when I worked there it had a huge mahogany table and a tiger skin rug and a stuffed aligator/crocodile type animal. The site is huge from what I remember... if you come back up this way I'd love to tag along.

Edit...make that 17 years ago... my how time flies!


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I thought it'd be locked tight!
It is pretty tight tbh


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this is excellent mate i like this alot, wouldn't mind a visit myself


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Default 01-02-2011, 08:39

That's a lovely place, shame about the big staircase, nice to see all the features.


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