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Report - Winstanley hall, Wigan, November 2013

Discussion in 'Residential Sites' started by Telf, Nov 30, 2013.

  1. Telf

    Telf 28DL Regular User
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    My third attempt at winstanley hall, there's a few houses in the estate grounds and the occupants keep a close eye on whats going on.
    So with two fails under my belt ( which is a record for me ) me and MSP decided to take a different route to gain access :D

    Some history:

    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.[2] The Winstanleys owned the hall until 1596, when the estate was sold to James Bankes, a London goldsmith and banker.[5] 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.[1] 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.[1] 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.[6] The Winstanley Family also owned the Braunstone Hall estate in Leicestershire. 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.[2] It was intended to develop the hall into private flats, however refurbishment was held up due to Wigan council withholding planning permission. [5]The interior is now in some disrepair.


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    The well protected neptune fountain.
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    I've honestly never seen stone stairs give way.
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    A nice find whilst on our way out.
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    But remember he'll be watching :D
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    Thanks for looking Telf..
     

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  2. Jason farrow

    Jason farrow 28DL Member
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    Fantastic building, shame it's in ruin.
     
  3. Miss Mayhem

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    Cool stuff it's a nice building , the interior design is lovely. :thumb
    It's such a shame it's been left like that.
     
  4. Telf

    Telf 28DL Regular User
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    I'm told its being saved in some way as we speak, :thumb
     
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    I went a couple of weeks ago to see what it was like since I last went. Did not recognise the place inside, it is truly FUCKED, but work has started on the stables.
     
  6. The Shepshed Diamondback

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    Good report, the building must have looked amazing a while back.
     
  7. John Baxter

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    In the early 1960s I was a member of the 1st Orrell Cubs and we provided a guard of honour for a wedding there. I e often wondered who that was. Such a shame to see it as it is now.
     
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