Sir Edward Holt (1849 - 1928)
Blackwell was built as a Lake District rural holiday retreat for the Manchester brewery owner, Sir Edward Holt (1849 - 1928), his wife Elizabeth and their five children. A wealthy industrialist, Holt was active in local government and had the honour of being made Lord Mayor of Manchester for two consecutive years, 1907-9. Sir Edward, who was made a baronet in 1916, worked for numerous good causes, improving buildings, libraries, water and sewage works.
- Sir Edward Holt