The Brisco family came to England like many, with William "The Conqueor" in 1066 and settled in Cumbria. From the time of King John (1166 — 1216), there has been an estate at Crofton. In its heyday the estate featured Crofton Hall itself with an adjacent stable block, walled garden, formal gardens and subterranean icehouse, Coachman’s house, stone entrance archway with gatehouses, deer park and lake; not to mention several estate farms and other houses. Click on the years below and see what adventures the family went on in its 1000 year history.
The Battle of Solway Moss
For King & Country
The battle of Solway Moss was one of the last major battles between the Scots and the English until the Jacobite Rebellions in the 18th century. Sir Robert Brisco, Lord of Crofton was leading his troops on the call of his cousins and leaders of the English troops; Lord Wharton and Sir William Musgrave. While commanding the battle Robert Brisco was killed in action. Henry VIII granted substantial land and money to Robert's widow and heir John Brisco (who was an infant at the time) as thanks for Robert's sacrifice. The English comprehensively won the battle and following the defeat James V took seriously ill and soon died after this many say from grief.
English Civil War
The Brisco's and the Civil War
In 1642 England broke into civil war when the Parliamentary troops fought the Royalists. The Brisco family like many in the period were split in their loyalty. As they had been for over 500 years previously most of the family were loyal to the crown and fought in the Cavalier Army alongside King Charles I, an ancestor of the current family. However not everyone! Colonel William Brisco MP was known to be a strict Parliamentarian and served under Cromwell, at first to his reward but ultimately his downfall.
The Georgian Era at Crofton Hall
Glitz & Glamour
The house is still in full use and is still home to the Brisco Baronets and their family. The hall will soon find that it comes into great prosperity and hosts many events, shoots and grand parties in the north of Cumbria. `Crofton Hall had around 65 staff during this period up until around 1900. The two parts of the hall date from 1665 and the picture above of the Georgian wing dating from 1800.
Decline & Fall
The end of Crofton Hall
Like many country estates following the First World War, Crofton Hall saw a decline in its fortunes during the 1920's & 30's. After the outbreak of the second world war the house became a temporary hospital for injured soldiers as well as housing children evacuees in the hall. In 1951 after over half a century in decline the Hall is knocked down. Bringing to a close the 800 year association with the Brisco & Crofton families.
Founded in 2017
31st January 2017 - Crofton & Hall Limited is registers with companies house and the brand is formed with the aim of attracting the very best in British fashion & accessories. Working with some of the longest serving and most well known British brands as well as supporting the future, with exciting, quality new British brands all part of the C&H world.
Crofton & Hall
Flagship Store Opening
2018 - As of October 2018, Crofton & Hall opened it's first high street store in the quint market town of Kirkby Lonsdale. Located in Cumbria near the boarders of both Lancashire & Yorkshire. Affirming our commitment to bringing the very best of British fashion to the North of England.
London Launch &
AN Award Winning Brand
Launching C&H to London at the iconic Lanesborough Hotel with brand ambassador, Lady Tatiana Mountbatten and guests. Awarded the SME Luxury Independent Retailer of the Year for the North of England for the first time.
Crofton & Hall - A New Dawn
Britain in the 2020's
The future of British trade with the rest of the world is dependant on the quality and craftsmanship that has long been established in the fashion industry in Britain. We are comitted to providing the world with that quality from the very best British brands handpicked by Crofton & Hall from years of expertise.
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