Markland Lodge

(Purchase of land by Thomas Lings 1854)
Thomas Lings bought the land upon which Markland Lodge now stands from Thomas Molyneaux Seel in 1854.  The approximate position on the map of 1850, and the 'Plan' from the purchase, is shown below.

The 1850 map of Huyton. The blue rectangle shows the plot of land bought by Thomas Lings, part of which was used for Markland Lodge

(Opposite) The 'Plan' for the piece of land, showing the 'Markland Lodge' plot - see the convenant below

In 1873, there was a grandiose scheme for building a huge villa estate to the east of Huyton, though Victoria Road and Huyton Church Road were the only sections actually completed.  The style of the area was to be that of a Victorian villa estates; large houses set back from the road behind gardens with many mature trees. The houses were to be built in a variety of styles typical of the period.

Although Thomas Lings was allowed to build up to 7 houses on the plot (see below), it would seem that he built only two, though it is difficult to gauge from the 'Plan' shown above.  The two he built were in the same style; these are the houses now (2003) known as 'Markland Lodge' and 'Ravensdale', the latter having had a number of other names - 'Sherwood' at one point and, around 1916, 'The Manse' (possibly for the church opposite?).  These houses are in Flemish bond brickwork with, perhaps surpsingly for th eperiod, no bay windows and a shallow slate roof.  'Ravensdale' did actually have a later extension with a bay window to the south.

The part of the plot immediately to the north of these two houses, further up Victoria Road, was left vacant.  This land now contains 'Barn Hey', built ~1920 and 'Millennium Lodge', built ~2000.

The following are the particulars of the covenants for the land, contained in the conveyance dated 18 April 1854 referred to in the Charges Register.  The 1897 map of Huyton, with the houses detailed on it, is shown below the conveyance at the bottom of this page.


The said Thomas Lings pursuant to an agreement between him and the said Thomas Molyneaux Seel did covenant for himself his heirs executors administrators and assigns with the said Edmund Jerningham and Charles Bedingfeld their heirs and assigns and also respectively with the said Thomas Molyneaux Seel his heirs executors and administrators

not to erect or build upon the said piece of ground more than seven dwellinghouses to be built of free stone or of brick to be either faced with red hard bricks or cemented outside and either with or without coach houses stables and other outbuildings as he or they might think fit

to erect the said dwellinghouses in such a manner

that no one of them or the outbuilding (if any) appurtenant thereto should adjoin to more than one other of the said dwellinghouses or the coach-houses etc (if any) appurtenant thereto

so that each such dwellinghouse and the outbuildings thereto belonging should be either detached or semi detached

and so that each dwellinghouse exclusive of stable or coach-house should be of the clear yearly value of £40

and that such dwellinghouse should have attached thereto so much of the said ground hereby conveyed as together with the site of such dwellinghouse and any outbuildings appurtenant thereto would make up 1300 square yards or thereabouts and be used as gardens or pleasure ground with the said messuage and not for any other purpose

that every dwellinghouse to be erected on said land should front the road to which the land on which the same should respectively be built had a frontage and should be placed backwards at least 10 yards from the road measuring from the parapet of the road adjoining the same land

and no wall or building except the fence walls enclosing the land from the road should be placed nearer to the road than 10 yards

to enclose the land thereby conveyed to the front of the road by or with fence walls of brick or stone not more than three feet high with coping stone thereon and fix iron railings of an ornamental sort thereon

to divide the land attached or appurtenant to each dwellinghouse from the adjoining land with a fence of thorn or to be interwoven with privet or with a light open ornamental fence of iron or wood or wire or with hurdles made ornamental

but not to erect as a division boundary any wall except where such might be necessary in the kitchen gardens

to lay-out such parts of said land as should be between the road and each dwellinghouse for gardens and such part of the said land as should be at the back of the said dwellinghouses for kitchen gardens and keep the said gardens in good condition

not to use any part of the said land for growing corn or for farming or agricultural purposes

and to keep any dwellinghouses thereon in good order and repair

to pay half the expense of laying and completing the road called Victoria Road and the parapets thereof and of the kerbstone and of making and constructing the sewers into such road to the extent of the frontage of the land thereby conveyed to the road and also the whole expense of gulley holes (if any) which might be sunk and placed on the side of and opposite to the same piece of land

and to pay to the extent aforesaid half the expense of keeping such road and sewers therein in repair until the same road should be adopted by the township

not to convert use or occupy any dwellinghouse or other building erected on the said land as a shop or place of business

nor to erect or build any tavern Hotel spirit vault etc or any manufactory or building whatsoever which was or might become a nuisance or offensive

not to carry on in or upon the said land any trade or business which was or might become a nuisance or noisesome or offensive

not to erect any steam engine on said land

nor to use same as public strawberry or Tea garden or a Bowling Green Quoiting or Skittle Ground or any other public amusement

not to suffer to be set or let for the purpose of distinct habitation any cellar or cellars belonging to any dwellinghouse to be erected on said land or any part thereof.

The map below is part of the 1897 map of Huyton, and shows the buildings of Victoria Road at that date.  By this time the church opposite had been built (1890), though the part of the plot to the north of Markland Lodge was left vacant.

The 1897 map of Huyton - the red rectangle shows the land bought by Thomas Lings in 1854, and the houses built on it up to 1897.