The Estate was in a poor state of repair
The Estate was in a poor state of repair
Crow Hill dates back some 200 years. The West Wing is the oldest part of the house, the original farmhouse, but it was the Firth family, during their 90 years of ownership, who created the country house estate which stands today. The Firths were textile mill owners in Marsden. Samuel Firth, head of the family textile business from 1903, hosted guests at Crow Hill including General William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, conductor Sir Malcolm Sargent and composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. Williams was reportedly inspired by the larks on the moors behind Crow Hill, and composed one of his most famous pieces, “Larks Ascending” following his stay at the house. 
The estate had been left in a time warp since the 1930s by the last generation of the Firths, until the present owner’s purchase in 1997. With a rare level of commitment and integrity, the house was restored to an exemplary standard. 
Firth family members in Crow Hill conservatory
Firth family members in Crow Hill conservatory
Extensive renovation work was needed
Extensive renovation work was needed