Daisy Hill is one of the oldest localities of Westhoughton because it featured Westhoughton Hall (near France Steet) and Roger’s Farm ( near Mill lane). In some very old documents Daisy Hill is referred to as Dazy Hillock and Deasie Hillocke. Westhoughton Hall was built about 1600 by Henry Molyneux, a master clothier, and demolished in the1950’s. There is considerable uncertainty about where Captain Peter Rylands, who fought for the Parliamentarians in the Battle of Westhoughton Common, lived. He may have resided at Westhoughton Hall or Roger’s Farm.
Henry Molyneux may have built Westhoughton Hall in the early 1600s. He was a manufacturer and organiser of cottage weaving industries. His son Nathaniel Molyneux (1664 – 1714) subsequently lived there. He married Margaret Bootle and the property subsequently passed into the hands of Bootle – Wilbrahams ( Lord Skemersdale).
!792 – 1812 Westhoughton Hall Tenanted by Mr and Mrs Lockett.
In 1812 the hall was set on fire by Luddites.
Westhoughton Hall was worked as a farm until demolished in the 1950’s.
Rogers Farm was occupied by Peter Rylands in 1642 when he fought as a officer with the parliamentarians in the Battle of Westhoughton Common. He was captured at the battle and subsequently released to be appointed as agent for sequestrations under parliament. He died in 1663 leaving a son and several daughters. The property subsequently passed to the Lowe family, then Westhoughton Urban District Council and finally United Utilities water company.
Click here to see a wonderful set of watercolour images of Daisy Hill by WLHG member Tom Newton