History of Hoghton Tower
Historic House and Stately home in Lancashire
Hoghton Tower, a Grade I listed building is the ancestral home of the de Hoghton family. The de Hoghtons are descended directly from Harvey de Walter, one of the companions of William the Conqueror, and through the female line from Lady Godiva of Coventry, wife of Leofric, Earl of Mercia.
Since its re-creation in 1565 by Thomas Hoghton this ancient, fortified, hilltop manor house has retained its Tudor-Elizabethan character and construction in its entirety. It occupies a commanding position, 650ft above sea level mid-way between Preston and Blackburn, with magnificent views of Lancashire, the Lake District and North Wales. Hoghton Tower is the only true baronial residence in Lancashire.
Over the centuries many royal guests have been welcomed and entertained here including James I, William III, George V & Queen Mary and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Other distinguished visitors include William Shakespeare, J.M.W. Turner and Charles Dickens.
Stepping forward in time to the present, the public wings and gardens of the Tower are run as a charitable trust. The Hoghton Tower Preservation Trust was established as a charity in 1978 for the preservation of Hoghton Tower, the conservation of surrounding flora and fauna and the advancement of historic education and research. The Trust is run by a Board of Trustees.
The charity raises its income from charging an admission fee to visitors, running events, providing holiday accommodation and being rented out as a venue for weddings, filming, corporate entertainment and private functions. Every penny that the charity earns is spent on the running, maintenance and restoration of this historic site. Without the help of our many volunteers, an extensive programme of events and the generosity of our visitors, we simply would not be able to preserve, maintain and protect this magnificent building and its contents for future generations.
Registered Charity Number 508357
Hoghton Tower - Hoghton -
Nr. Preston - Lancashire - PR5 0SH
Tel: +44 (0) 1254 852 986
Fax: +44 (0) 1254 852 109