Ince-Blundell

INCE-BLUNDELL, a township, in the parish of Sefton, union and hundred of West Derby, S. division of the county of Lancaster, 8½ miles (N. by W.) from Liverpool; containing 451 inhabitants. The Blundells are said to have been lords of the manor from the time of the Conquest, and William Blundell is mentioned as having a seat here in the reign of Henry III. The township lies on the south west side of the river Alt, and comprises 2201 acres, of which 82 are common or waste. In the midst of Ince-Blundell park is the Hall, the family seat of the Blundells, a large handsome mansion with stone dressings, at the eastern angle of which is a building called "The Pantheon," erected by the late Henry Blundell, Esq., and precisely similar in its architecture and proportions to the Pantheon at Rome, but one-third less. The building contains a splendid collection of paintings, statuary, sarcophagi, urns, and other relics of antiquity, procured by the founder, and said to be unequalled by any similar collection in the kingdom: there are upwards of 360 statues, busts, and basso-relievos in this temple of the arts. The tithes have been commuted for £263. A Roman Catholic chapel has existed from time immemorial within the Hall. Henry Blundell, Esq., in 1808, gave a rent-charge of £10 for teaching children.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, 7th edition, published in 1848.

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