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Report - Winstanley Hall (Revisit) September 2016

Discussion in 'Residential Sites' started by old father time, Sep 18, 2016.

  1. old father time

    old father time 28DL Full Member
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    As a (very) occasional explorer, when a short revisit to Winstanley Hall presented itself to see exactly what kind of condition the poor girl is in I jumped at the chance. Whilst photographing the stairs I had my answer: masonry and plaster was falling from high up! Nearly killed me at one point! Time restriction allowed only the inside to be recorded.

    One of only 3 surviving Tudor buildings in Wigan is Winstanley Hall. The house was built shortly after James Bankes, a London goldsmith, bought the estate in 1595. The core of the Elizabethan house, with its two projecting wings, can still be seen on the garden front of the house, thought the original gables were replaced by parapets during alterations designed by Lewis Wyatt in 1818-19. A new wing to the south-west was added in 1780, with further changes, marked by keystones, in 1843 and 1889.

    The stable court is especially fascinating architecturally as it contains a range of different styles, chosen at the whim of the owner; Meyrick Bankes II. This delightfully eccentric range of buildings reflect his life as a well travelled, well educated man and includes Norman, Tudor, and Baroque motifs (and even his own likeness) in the masonry which creates a varied design which adds to the charm of the setting. The visual interest of the courtyard, combined with the house, really does set Winstanley apart as many houses have lost one or the other of these core elements which make up an estate.

    The house started declining in the 1930s (death duties to be paid for!) and was last occupied in the early 1980s, with the parkland being open-cast mined during the post-war period and later the M6 being built along the edge of the parkland.

    A local developer bought the property which tried to add additional residential units on the greenbelt land, and was always likely to fail planning consent. A further application was made which would have seen the demolition of the main house, which inevitably failed. The condition of the site has continued to deteriorate since.

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  2. Lavino

    Lavino 28ÐŁ ƦEGUŁλƦ U$EƦ
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    Looks worse than ever. The English heritage did a bit of work to try and patch up the roof on the house last summer. Sadly I don't think it will be saved now it's gone to far.
     
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    Completely trashed, but some very nice crisp shots there!
     
  4. Vulex

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    Some really nice shots here.. only just up the road from me too.
     
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