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Sandheys is a Grade II listed building set in its own plot on Mill Lane, West Derby.


It has been noted that Sandheys was constructed in 1830 by the Merchant Robert Westmore, but on further evidence, Robert Westmore was listed as a Builder living in Town Row in 1841. Was he just given the contract to build Sandheys but not to live there? If so, Sandheys appears to be empty from 1830 until the Merchant Samuel Bright moves there in 1841 as per the census. Perhaps Sandheys was constructed by Robert Westmore but in 1840? In any case, Robert Westmore was made bankrupt in 1845.


I therefore believe that Sandheys was constructed in 1840 unless further evidence comes to hand.

Samuel Bright was born in 1799 in Ham Green, Bristol. By the early 1820’s he had moved up to Liverpool where he met and married Elizabeth who was born in Liverpool. Their marriage can be seen on the right and they were married at St Thomas Church, Park Lane in 1828 (I wonder if he knew Joseph Williamson as that was his local church).


The earliest known residence of Samuel Bright is listed in the 1843 electoral registers as him living at Sandheys. The Bright family were a noted family in the railway and shipping industry.

Samuel Bright continues to live at Sandheys throughout the 1800’s with more family living there. The 1861 census for example shows the amount of people at Sandheys as above. The building is owned until the start of the first world war. In 1919, the United Services Club purchased Sandheys as a home for orphans of soldiers and sailors who died in the War. Later on in 1928, it became part of the Holly Lodge School. The school used this till Redrow moved in on the site. They demolished the historic Holly Lodge School and there were plans to convert Sandheys to apartments. Sadly, this fell through as Redrow deemed the conversion too expensive. This was back in 2020.

English Heritage listed this building in 1985 as Grade II and its details are: House, now school. Early C19. Stucco with slate roof. 2 storeys, 3 bays. 1st floor sill band and top entablature; end panelled pilasters. Windows are sashed, no glazing bars. Central Ionic porch with paired columns. Returns have 2- storey canted bays. Later flat-topped dormers.

What is happening to the property now? After Redrow decided it would be too expensive to restore, the property was sold back to Liverpool City Council who own the property. Since then, nothing appears to have been done to this building and this is yet another Grade II listed building standing empty in West Derby (alongside Sandfield Tower and Eddesbury).

In May 2021, a Planning Application was submitted to Liverpool City Council to ‘To alter, repair and convert property to form 20 no flats including three storey extension to the rear, alterations to boundary treatment and hard and soft landscaping “

The link can be found here:

However, nothing seems to have happened since then. The planning application shows ‘Consultation Complete’ and the expiry date was Aug 2021. Did the planning application not bear fruit? Why was this? Given that we were in the middle of the pandemic, it is difficult to say at this moment in time.

We are, however, very grateful to the Torus Group for getting this to the stage and we very much hope that we will start to see some movement on the building. The above plans gain our approval, and it would be a great asset to have this building converted.


We have added Sandheys to this website because of its current situation but will be happy to remove this page once work starts on the property.


Sandheys, West Derby



Presumed 1840 as per above information. 


Grade 2 privately owned 


A structural survey can be found here: 


No contact has been made with the council due to the current planning application. 


We hope that the Torus, the company behind the planning application is still looking to proceed with this building. We hope that there are no objections are put in place as reading from the planning application, they have done sterling work in researching the building and putting together a focused plan on how to bring it back to life.





These buildings do not belong to us only...they have belonged to our forefathers and they will belong to our descendants unless we play them false. They are not our property, to do as we like with. We are only trustees for those that come after us. 



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