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Crofton & Hall

Our heritage is something we are proud of, named after the historic Crofton Hall, in the county of our founding, Cumbria. Find out about the heritage of Crofton & Hall, where it's name comes from and some of the interesting characters from the current owners ancestry. Discover the past by clicking on the pictures in the timeline...

1166 - Crofton Hall

From the time of King John (1166 — 1216) there has been an estate at Crofton. In its heyday the estate featured Crofton Hall itself with adjacent stable block, walled garden, formal gardens and subterranean icehouse, Coachman’s house, stone entrance archway with gatehouses, deer park and lake; not to mention several estate farms and other houses. The Brisco family dates back to the time of William “the conqueror" and are decedents of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster.

1642 - English Civil War

In 1642 England broke into civil war when the Parliamentary troops fought the Royalists. The Brisco family like many in the period were split in their loyalty. As they had been for over 500 years previously most of the family were loyal to the crown and fought in the Cavalier Army alongside King Charles I, an ancestor of the current family. However not everyone! William Brisco MP was known to be a strict Parliamentarian and served under Cromwell, at first to his reward but ultimately his downfall. 

1739 - Crofton Hall

Sir John Brisco 1st Baronet is born to Rev. John Brisco and his wife Catherine Hylton daughter of Henry Hylton, 16th Baron Hylton. Sir John marries Lady Caroline Alice Fleming daughter of Gilbert Fane Fleming Esq. and his wife Lady Camilla Bennet, daughter of Charles Bennet, 2nd Earl of Tankerville. 


1774 - Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire

Drawing on glamorous and fashionable ancestors such as Lady Georgiana Spencer who married the 5th Duke of Devonshire. She becomes the famous Duchess of Devonshire, known for her beauty and fashion, her passion for luxury fashion is just the same now a days in the family and the passion to offer Britain’s finest fashion.

1810 - Crofton Hall

The house is still in full use and is still home to the Brisco Baronets and their family. The hall will soon find that it comes into great prosperity and hosts many events, shoots and grand parties in the north of Cumbria. `Crofton Hall had around 65 staff during this period up until around 1900.

1939-45 - The War Years

Like many country estates following the First World War, Crofton Hall saw a decline in its fortunes during the 1920's & 30's. After the outbreak of the second world war the house became a temporary hospital for injured soldiers as well as housing children evacuees as well as housing a school for the children in the hall. 

1951 - Crofton Hall

In 1951 after over half a century in decline the Hall is knocked down. The rest of the estate is still in order and free for visitors. 

 

2017 - Crofton & Hall @ Levens Hall

31st January 2017 - Crofton & Hall Limited is registers with companies house and the brand is formed with the aim of attracting the very best in British fashion & accessories. Working with some of the longest serving and most well known British brands as well as supporting the future, with exciting, quality new British brands all part of the C&H world. 

2018 - Kirkby Lonsdale Store

2018 - As of October 2018, Crofton & Hall will be opening its first high street store in the quint market town of Kirkby Lonsdale. Located in Cumbria near the boarders of both Lancashire & Yorkshire. Affirming our commitment to bringing the very best of British fashion to the North of England. 

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