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Rufford Old Hall

Home of the Hesketh Family from the Middle Ages.

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One story says that a very young William Shakespeare formed part of the Hesketh Players and acted for the Hesketh family at the hall.


Rufford is a small village near Ormskirk, on the banks of the River Douglas at the place of a "rough ford" in the river. The ford existed until the River Douglas was made navigable in 1720, when a bridge was put in its place. The course of the River Douglas was further changed to make the Rufford Branch of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal which runs past the gardens of Rufford Old Hall.

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There are no people named Anderton either living in Rufford in 1881 or who cite Rufford as their place of origin.


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