Helping the community

The unique philanthropic works of William Hesketh Lever and his descendants established the Wirral Estate as a key stakeholder in the local community.  Today, encouraged by the family, we seek as Trustees to ensure that our actions benefit Wirral residents through a range of ventures beyond the Estate’s role as a major landowner.

Thornton Hough village facilities

Thornton Hough Village Hall was built for the village by the 3rd Viscount Leverhulme in memory of his wife, and his Charitable Trust continues to support the Hall along with other village facilities.  The Estate owns and leases other village buildings including the Post Office, Village Club and Women’s Institute at reduced rents.

Autism Together, Raby Hall

The charity Autism Together has a care home at Raby Hall.  The Estate leases land surrounding the home at a reduced rent so that the charity can provide a peaceful rural setting for residents, including land for a walled garden and small animal farm.

For more information about Autism Together click here.


Listed buildings

The Estate is custodian to 69 Grade II listed buildings along with the Grade I listed Brimstage Hall and Tower.  As custodian the Estate takes great care conserving and maintaining these buildings to ensure they remain in sustainable use and true to their listing for the benefit of current and future residents.

Storeton Woods 

The Estate owns and maintains land at Storeton Woods, a popular location for walkers to enjoy mature oak, sycamore and beech trees.  Storeton Woods was formerly a sandstone quarry and the remains of a tramway are still there, used to move the stone to Bromborough to be transported by barge for the construction of buildings in Birkenhead and Liverpool.


Numerous permissive footpaths cross the Estate and are used by walkers, riders and cyclists.

If you have any queries about our community ventures please contact the Estate Office.