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Report - Winstanley Hall, Near Wigan. Sept 2015

Discussion in 'Residential Sites' started by dweeb, Sep 14, 2015.

  1. dweeb

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    I've got quite into crumbling country houses of late, and an old house keeps Cat happy as they break up the weekends I drag her around fetid empty cotton mills...

    I kind of wish I had gone and seen this place a few years ago. It is a very interesting example of a Tudor house which has been tinkered with and extended over the years. It is also one of the first I have been in which has not been used as a school, care home or hospital, which meant it had not been chopped up with plasterwork.

    One thing I love about these places was the customized details, which were first brought to my attention at Lennox Castle a few years ago. At Lennox the family crest incorporated a star and rose, and these symbols could be seen on various features around the house. For the Winstanley family, a long necked bird (I'm no ornithologist but perhaps a Crane?) seems to be the family symbol, and could be found cast into the iron fireplace, in the plasterwork, cut in the stone and carved into the wooden doors. I think it is a great sign of the wealth these people had to have afforded to commission a foundry pattern, plaster mould as well as stone masons and chippys to create these features... clearly "off the peg" was not an option here.

    The sad thing as with so many of these fine houses is the vast cost to even stop it getting worse, let alone restore it. I think Winstanley is reaching that point of 'no return' where only the shell is savable economically speaking. Despite the decay and collapse, there are still some beautiful features to be seen.

    I was told by the missus to not risk going upstairs... I'd like to go back at some point to have a pop at it.

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    I've never seen these wooden covered switches before, so they must have been bespoke or very expensive!
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    This is the remains of the servant's bell indicator panel. I would have loved to see it with it's glass panel in situ.
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  2. Snake Oil

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    This place looks worse and worse each time its posted with bits falling down all over the place :(
     
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    Some beautiful decor in there. Nicely captured.
     
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    It was a death 8 years ago when I first looked in here, jeez it's f00ked now!!
     
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    Probably the best shots I have ever seen of this place.
     
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    You still managed to find all those nice details and bits of workmanship in amongst the wreckage.
     
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    By far the best report and shots from this place for me! Love the attention to detail with the birds etc.. I found it quite sad there, strong sense of history in there that's just been left to fall apart :(
     
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    Nice report mate. I'd pretty much give up on this place but, you have made it look intresting again :thumb
     
  9. dweeb

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    Cheers guys, I think lots of Tue tourist trail places we see crop up all the time are full of these little details, they just get overlooked most of the time.
     
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    Death on a stick
     
  11. Burnsy84

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    Awesome pics i went there tonight the place is in real ruins, deep shame its been left to crumble. Theres building stuff about from dorbcrest homes but that to looks abandonned
     

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