Although not a Listed Building, the former Lifeboat House is a notable and key Hoylake feature and, with other buildings, reflects the development of styles of English coastal towns. Its castellated roof line is distinctive although not well matched by the later extension to the former tractor house at the side.
The Hoylake Lifeboat House is a strong reminder of the functional origins of the settlement and of the King’s Gap. Although added to in more recent years, its earlier part with a crenellated tower and decorative brickwork opposite a slipway signify its maritime importance and our seafaring past. The property has now been brought into use under private ownership. The more modern extension is in use as an artist’s studio although not open to the public. This previously unattractive building has a new lease of life by the simple expedient of painting the brickwork making it look reminiscent of a coastal cabin. The older lifeboat shed has been sympathetically refurbished and provides the new owner with office and leisure space.
Both refurbishments improve the visual appeal of this dominant link to Hoylake’s maritime heritage.