Hoylake’s old lifeboat station fails to sell at auction

Hoylake Lifeboat station
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Hoylake’s historic, former lifeboat station has failed to sell at auction.

The former lifeboat station, on North Parade, was put up for sale by its current owners with a guide price of £250,000.

But it failed to reach its reserve price at the auction, which took place at Liverpool Town Hall on Thursday.

Hoylake Lifeboat station

It had been hoped a buyer would be found to help to breathe life back into this important local landmark by transforming it into a restaurant, office, child care or residential scheme.

The building has been extended in the past fifty years but the original crenellated tower and decorative brickwork still stand opposite the slipway signifying its maritime importance and long seafaring past.

The building, which is not listed, is two storey and enjoys breath taking views over the Dee estuary and the Irish sea.

The old lifeboat station at Hoylake from the beach. Photo from Hoylake RNLI
The old lifeboat station at Hoylake from the beach. Photo from Hoylake RNLI

The first lifeboat station was built at Hoylake in 1803, making it one of the oldest in the country. The original station was demolished and replaced by the building, which is now for sale, on Hoylake promenade in 1897.

The building was home to the Hoylake Lifeboat for over 100 years until it became unsuitable for modern operational requirements.

In 2007 the RNLI launched an ambitious £2 million appeal to fund and build a new state-of-the-art lifeboat station. This new lifeboat station was built on the site of the old Hoylake open-air swimming baths and officially opened its doors in November 2008.

The old lifeboat station operated as a museum up until April 2015 when it was forced to close due to lack of funding.

 

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