Brockhall is a village in the Ribble Valley, Lancashire and home to the training facilities for Blackburn Rovers F.C. The village is in the civil parish of Billington and Langho. It is a gated community and is 7 miles (11 km) north of Blackburn.
Property tycoon Gerald Hitman (who died on 4 June 2009) was the man behind the Brockhall Village development, where he also built his own magnificent home, The Old Zoo.
Originally from London, the successful businessman made his fortune in the North East, buying and selling property leases and freeholds. In 1982 he bought a package of deeds to properties in Lancashire, among them a 999-year lease for Brockhall Hospital, at Old Langho. A decade later when the hospital closed he was able to develop the land to form the multi-million pound Brockhall village, a gated community which is made up of 400 homes as well as Blackburn Rovers’ training ground.
He also built his unique home in the village, The Old Zoo, which he had recently sold. It had been on the market for £2million. The property was described by one expert as the “best contemporary house built in Britain since the 1930s” and featured 17 acres (69,000 m2) of grounds including more than 100 sculptures. It also included a hot tub, swimming pool, a large pond, an outdoor “chapel”, a tennis court; a beech maze and a croquet lawn. In 2004 he opened the gates to his gardens for tours, priced at £5.