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Rossall is located in Lancashire
 Rossall shown within Lancashire
District Wyre
Shire county Lancashire
Region North West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district FY7
Dialling code 01253
Police Lancashire
Fire Lancashire
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament Wyre and Preston North
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Rossall is a settlement in Lancashire, England and a suburb of the market town of Fleetwood. It is situated on a coastal plain called The Fylde. Blackpool Tramway runs through Rossall, with two stations: Rossall School on Broadway and Rossall Square on South strand.


  • Early history 1
  • Rossall Hall 2
  • Geography and administration 3
  • Rossall School 4
  • Notable people 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7

Early history

Before the Norman conquest of England of 1066, the manor of Rossall was—as part of the ancient hundred of Amounderness—in the possession of Earl Tostig, the brother of King Harold II.[1] In the Domesday Book of 1086, the manor was listed as Rushale, and in later documents as Rossall (1212) and Roshale (1228).[1] In 1086, the area of Rossall was assessed at two carucates of land.[1]


  • Bennett, Peter (1992), A Very Desolate Position: The Story of the Birth and Establishment of a Mid-Victorian Public School, Rossall Archives,  
  • Bennett, Peter (1992), Rossall Will Be What You Make It, Rossall Archives,  
  • Curtis, Bill; Ramsbottom, Martin (1993), The Fleetwood Story: The Old Town, Winckley,  
  • Farrer, William; Brownbill, J., eds. (1912),  
  • Robinson, John Martin (1991), A Guide to the Country Houses of the North West,  
  1. ^ a b c "Townships — Thornton" in Farrer & Brownbill (1912), pp. 231–237
  2. ^ a b c Curtis & Ramsbottom (1993), p. 4
  3. ^ "Townships — Bispham with Norbreck" in Farrer & Brownbill (1912), pp. 246–247
  4. ^ a b Bennett (1992a), p. 3
  5. ^ Bennett (1992a), p. 4
  6. ^ Robinson (1991), p. 230
  7. ^ a b Bennett (1992b), p. 25
  8. ^ "Welcome to Rossall School’s Website".  


See also

Notable people

Rossall School is the most prominent school in Fleetwood.,[8] The school is a co-educational, independent, day and boarding school catering to ages 5 to 18. It was founded in 1844 on the site of Rossall Hall by Rev. St Vincent Beechey.

Rossall School

Rossall is located in the south-west of Fleetwood along the coast with Thornton-Cleveleys to the south. Rossall is in the Lancaster and Fleetwood constituency. Rossall is also in the North West England European parliament constituency. Rossall ward is one of five local council wards in Fleetwood.

Geography and administration

By the 1830s, the house and estate was in the ownership of Edmund's descendant Peter Hesketh, High Sheriff of the County of Lancashire and MP for Preston, who later changed his name to (Sir) Peter Hesketh-Fleetwood. By 1844, Hesketh had run into serious financial difficulties. He had engaged Frederick Kemp as his agent and the two had considerable financial differences of opinion. Kemp borrowed against the estate revenues to finance the expansion of Fleetwood, and Hesketh became over-leveraged. He was obliged to sell much of the estate, together with Rossall Hall itself. The Hall was taken over by Rev. St. Vincent Beechey and converted into a Church of England boarding school, designed as a Northern equivalent of Beechey's Marlborough College and later to become Rossall School.

According to John Martin Robinson in A Guide to the Country Houses of the North West, the 18th century hall was a "great rambling whitewashed house", with irregular wings.[6] By the 19th century, it had five family bedrooms, nursery rooms, a drawing room, dining room, libraries and an organ room, as well as servant accommodation and service rooms.[7] The grounds included a workshop, four stables, a shippon, a coach house, an ice house and a gazebo.[7]

In 1733, Margaret Fleetwood, heiress to the Rossall estate, married Roger Hesketh of North Meols and Tulketh Hall, bringing Rossall into the Hesketh family.[4] The couple chose to live at Rossall and it is likely that Roger Hesketh built the hall that existed into the 20th century.[4] Previous houses on the estate were said to have been eroded or swept away by the sea. A chart drawn for Hesketh in 1737 shows a ruined "Old Rossall" slightly north of Rossall Hall.[5]

Rossall Hall


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