Ghost Hunt Mansion House St Helens
Will you be fortunate to encounter the Lady in white who was seen on our last investigation, floating across the garden towards the orangery and then disappeared when she reached it?
A short history
Around 1850 John Andsell, a solicitor in this small but rapidly expanding town of St Helens, requested the building of Cowley House - the original name of the Mansion House.
The brewing and coal owning Speakman family had become his inlaws, when after his partner Richard Speakman’s death, John married his widow. When John Andsell’s brother-in-law John Speakman died, Andsell quickly purchased the land he had owned on the northern side of Cowley Hill.
It is very much a Victorian Gentleman’s residence. It’s imposing entrance porch led to a spacious central hall and elegant staircase. The tile work which adorned the first floor was said to have been laid by specialists brought over from Italy.
This was the first public park in St Helens and was opened on Monday 14th April 1886.
The building was transformed into an art gallery and museum. Many of the exhibits were donated as gifts by local individuals and remained on display until the building ceased to be a museum in 1966.
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