This site was originally occupied by a Victorian villa called Grove House. Upper Willow Cottage stood next door, while Willow Grove, another substantial residence, stood nearby. Originally called Lords Street, this mile-long, tree-lined thoroughfare was laid out in the 1820s by the two lords of the manor who granted leases for its development. Willow Grove – along with Nile Bank, Beach Priory and Belle Vue – was among Southport’s substantial early residences, built just to the west of what became Lord Street.
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