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Report - Winstanley Hall, Wigan - March 2015 | Including Upper Floors

Discussion in 'Residential Sites' started by GRONK, Mar 24, 2015.

  1. GRONK

    GRONK 28DL Regular User
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    Visited with Lavino, Woopashoopa and Tom.
    Woopashoopa's Report - http://www.28dayslater.co.uk/winstanley-hall-wigan-march-2015.t95038

    History of the site
    The hall was built in the 1560s for the Winstanley family of Winstanley; the Winstanley family were lords of the manor since at least 1252 and may have been responsible for building the moat on the site. The Winstanleys owned the hall until 1596, when the estate was sold to James Bankes, a London goldsmith and banker. Winstanley Hall has three storeys and has a date stone with a date of 1584, but this is not in situ so may not provide an accurate date for the construction of the house. Extra blocks were added in the 17th and 18th centuries. Further and extensive alterations were made in 1811-19 by Lewis Wyatt in a Jacobean style. He moved the entrance to the left flank of the hall and replacing the original entrance with a window. The final additions to the hall were made in 1843 when an extra wing was added. To the south, on lands belonging to the hall, is a small stone building which was used to house bears that provided entertainment for the hall's guests. The Winstanley Family also owned the Braunstone Hall estate. The Bankes family retained ownership of the hall until the 21st century when it was sold for private development. The hall had been kept in good condition until the 1960s when habitation stopped. As the building decayed and the cost of maintaining Winstanley Hall was too much for the family it was sold on. It was intended to develop the hall into private flats, however refurbishment was held up due to Wigan council withholding planning permission.

    About the visit.
    This was the third explore of the day, after tracking along a field in the wrong direction we eventually found it. The building is in really bad condition two of the three staircases have collapsed and the floor starts to bow under your feet on the upper floors. We did however make it onto the roof and spent a good 10 minutes up there.

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  2. ledgehammer

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    nice,

    great fun with the fields ;-)

    the side thats being done up has some nice features, i. e windows e.t.c.

    we didn't go upstairs to be fair, the staircases were a mess, but we did remember a ladder several days later, nice bonus with the roof> well played ;-)

    best...
     
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    woopashoopaa 28DL Regular User
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    Nice report :D

    Like the pictures, you took a lot more than we did. It was a fun day :thumb
     
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    got to applaud all you lot going into that place in the state its in and seeing how much of it has collapsed over the past few years :)
     
  5. Lavino

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    Some good shots there gronk was some nice features still left there liked the upper rooms even tho the floors were like walking on memory foam . And we found way onto roof eventually..:thumb
     
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    I once got caught short in here and managed to find somewhere useful to curl one out, the climb up was interesting :rolleyes:

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    It's not the climb that fucks you up its no bog roll when you've finished
     
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    Some lovely shots there mate :thumb Crossing the upper floor to get to the roof was proper sketchy when we went so every credit to you for getting up there as it has to be worse now!
     
  9. Bigian88

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    Gutted we didn't get up to the first floor, it looked quite interesting.

    Did any of you climb the scaffolding ladders in the building directly in front of the statue?
     
  10. Lavino

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    Yeah we got in there aswell not much to see in there we managed to get into all the buildings there covered it all ..
     
  11. Bigian88

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    That building is just a shell but if you climb the ladders you get a really nice view :)
     
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    I was thinking that myself... I'm surprised it's still doable, the state it was in last Easter!
     
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