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28 October 2014
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The Molyneaux Family

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The Molyneaux family were given lots of land by William the Conquerer who built a castle in 1213. They built a wall around it then built a village next to it.
Some of the villagers lived in the castle walls. After a few years they knocked the castle down and built a new one in town.
The family that owned Croxteth Hall were called the Molyneauxs. The Molyneaux family became very powerful. They owned lots of land but when the War of the Roses started, they chose the wrong side.
Because of this, the Molyneaux’s land grew smaller and smaller. The Molyneaux family lived in Croxteth Hall and it still stands today. But families can’t last forever, the Molyneaux family came to an end when a family member died and had no-one to leave the estate to, so it was left to the people of West Derby.
After the Molyneaux family, many things changed. The estate was left to the people of West Derby and so it became a park that you could visit whenever you liked. The estate became open to the public.
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