The Infamous (Skeletons in the Closet)


The Fazakerley's were Roman Catholic and Royalists during the time of the civil war, and this cost them dearly.

On the 12th of May 1649, parliament awarded the town of Liverpool the sum of £10,000 to be "extracted" from five families in the area, one of which was the Fazakerley family. The lands of both Nicholas Fazakerley of Fazakerley Hall (killed in the war, in Liverpool, aged 41 in Oct 1643) and his father Robert Fazakerley of Spellow House, Walton (killed in the war, in Chester, 5th April 1643.)  were confiscated by parliament and sold. The charge was Treason.

Of course Robert and Nicholas were in good company, Charles the 1st, the king they died defending, was also accused  of "treason

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against the realm" and subsequently executed.

Some of the land was recovered by the family after they apparently and hastily changed their religious beliefs, but this period in history was the main reason for the decline of the family to it's eventual collapse around 1730.

Roger the Lodger

Roger Fazakerley of Fazakerley was noted in the history books as "an illustration of barbaric behaviour in the late 14th Century"!

In around 1383, Sir Thomas de Lathom ( The line from which came the Earls of Derby ) lay dying and ignored on his deathbed,  while his wife was having a very public affair with Roger de Fazakerley,  who, incidentally, was also married.

Interestingly, this incident made the history books, yet,

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