Thursday, 09 May 2019 21:58

Life at Bostock Hall in the 1800s

Written by Webmaster

Our thanks to Don Bates for sending us some nostalgic photographs of the Bostock Hall Country Estate taken from his family collection. 

Don’s Great Grandfather, Thomas Pate, was coachman for the Hayhurst family for a number of years in the late 1800s and lived at North Lodge with his wife Mary and their eleven children.

North Lodge

The images of North Lodge pictured below are originals and Don believes these may have been hanging on the walls of the Lodge.

North Lodge today

North Lodge, Bostock Hall

The following photographs show Don’s Great Aunt Alice Pate with her dog at North Lodge…

…and riding her bike near North Lodge. She regularly cycled 15 miles around Cheshire to visit people.

South Lodge

Don’s Grandfather, Henry Pate known as Harry, (fourth from the left in the image below) was a gamekeeper and lived at South Lodge.

The gates at South Lodge led to the main entrance to Bostock Hall.

South Lodge today

Other Treasures

Don also has a bible inscribed by Mrs Hayhurst and given to his Grandfather, Harry, in 1892 when he was 12.

A postcard from Don’s Great Aunt Alice to his Grandmother from South Lodge.

and other images of the Bostock Hall Country Estate taken in the late 1800s.

Additions being made to the Stables


The Stables were built to house the Hayhurst Polo Ponies and you can see how they appear today here.

The Old Pump House

The old pump house, now a bus shelter, would have supplied water for the workers’ cottages in Bostock Green.

The Bostock Hall Country Estate Staff

All of the Bostock Hall Country Estate staff taken in front of the pavilion on Bostock Green.