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Swillington Hall, lithograph

Swillington Hall, lithograph
Undated. Image shows a copy of a lithograph of Swillington Hall, which at this time was the seat of Sir William Lowther esq. The house occupied a site with landscaped gardens overlooking the River Aire. The manor passed from the Swillington family to the Hopton family in 1392 (Thomas Hopton was the illegitimate son of Sir Robert de Swillington). Then it was owned by the Darcy family before being purchased by Sir William Lowther in 1655. After remaining in the Lowther family for generations the house was sold by Sir Charles Bingham Lowther in 1920 to the colliery company, Bowers, who converted it to flats for colliery workers. In 1935 the house contents were sold, including 3,500 books and furniture by Adam, Chippendale and Sheraton. In its heyday twenty indoor servants were employed at Swillington House and there were fourteen gardeners. Unfortunately, due to subsidence from mineworkings, Swillington Hall was demolished in 1952.

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AJC Westwood

Unfortunately, you don't note that Thomas Hopton died before inheriting this property, so it all went to his son, Sir John Hopton, Lord de Westwode(later Westwood). The Hopton family played a major role during the Civil war (for King Charles) The Westwoods moved to the Midlands, and were noted for their skills with metal. This resulted in the Westwood family serving as the Master Assayers at the Birmingham Assay Office, for nearly 200 years. My own father is a well known metallurgical engineer, and a member of the Royal Academy of Sciences. In college, he played for Aston Villa..and I understand that Aston Villa has recently added another Westwood to the team. Obviously, metals and football are in our DNA! :)


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