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National Trust, Speke Hall
National Trust, Speke Hall

Photo credit: National Trust Images/Paul Harris

Speke Hall, a sixteenth-century black and white half-timbered house was for 10 years the home of Frederick R. Leyland (1831–1892), ship-owner, great art collector, and patron and frequent host to James Abbott McNeill Whistler between 1867 and 1877. Whistler’s most celebrated 'Arrangement in Grey and Black, No.1: The Mother of the Artist’ once hung here. Speke Hall was bequeathed by Miss Adelaide Watt (1857–1921), coming to the National Trust in 1943 and, until 1986, was managed by Merseyside County Council. The paintings do not reflect the history of Speke nor the Norris family, its owners from the fourteenth century.

National Trust, Speke Hall

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National Trust, Speke Hall

The Walk, Liverpool, Merseyside L24 1XD England

01514 277231

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  • 04 March 2021

    If you love #WorldBookDay as much as we do, you're bound to love Speke Hall's library and its hundreds of books. It takes a lot of work to care for them all though, from gently brushing dust off their delicate covers to inspecting pages and shelves for signs of mold