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Report (Permission Visit) Woolton Hall, Liverpool - January 2015

Discussion in 'Residential Sites' started by Janedoe, Jan 23, 2015.

  1. Janedoe

    Janedoe 28DL Full Member
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    OK so I know there are several of these up already with significantly better quality photographs than mine but I'm throwing in my modest contribution anyhow... please be nice to me I'm newb!

    Originally built in 1704 for the Molyneux family, much of Woolton Hall including the frontage was extensively remodelled later in the 18th century by architect Robert Adams. The west wing of the house was demolished in the early 18th century when the building passed to the hands of Andrew McGuffie and became a 'hydropathic hotel'. No? Me neither. By the time of World War 2 the building was being used as a convent and private prepatory school. In 1970 it amalgamated with Notre Dame Mount Pleasant school and relocated to a purpose built site on the same grounds. The Hall was declared unsafe and stood derelict for years. The local authorities in their wisdom had demolition in mind for this beauty until it was bought by a local resident in 1980. It was most recently used as a wedding venue and a meeting place for the local chapter of Freemasons.

    We were shown around by the former owner who acts as a caretaker. He came out on a crappy freezing cold day just to open it up for us. Clearly still so attached to the building and full of history and anecdotes. He was telling us about some of the damage some previous unwelcome visitors (read: douchebags) had done. Afterwards, he was happy to allow us to roam around and take pictures to our hearts' content while he waited outside. Respect to this guy!


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    There are plenty of quality photograhs of the grand ornate rooms and ceilings and especially that gorgeous staicase, already posted on this site that I wouldn't attempt to emulate with my limited equipment. I've concentrated more on interesting vignettes but please feel free to see my Flickr for more

    Thanking you ;)
     

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  2. SirHissjunior

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    Thanks for this.:thumb
    It's nice to see an up to date report as my friend and I are planning a wee trip down [SOMETIME]. I'll definitely be contacting the caretaker for a wee visit.
     
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    nicely done..the facebook goons where complaining that breast plate of armour was stolen..clearly not as its in your first picture ;)
     
  4. Speed

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    Thats how good they are at finding stuff.

    Owner just moves something round the corner = Speed must have been and stolen it, flogged it on ebay and spent the money on hookers and crowbars.
     
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    Cant believe that I missed that carpet on the stairs up to the lodge, classic pattern and great photo, thanks for posting this up.
     
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    They've even got a robbing room just for you.

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    Also can people stop going here now? It is rubbish.
     
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    Hookers and crowbars being the only sensible option to spend your ill gotten gains on.
     
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    Awesome, hopin to go soon meself....
     
  9. Janedoe

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    Hey, I said be nice to me a**hole. What's so hard about that :D Just kiddin. See what I did there?!
     
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    Really? Not on Facebook so I don't know the goons of whom you speak but glad I could help clear that up :)
     
  11. Janedoe

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    Thank you Kwan. I bet there's loads I missed too. I'm already thinking about my next visit :)
     
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    I nearly had my wedding reception here...... 1985, 2 wives ago..... it was pretty decent then!
     
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    I don't live far from this place, how do you get in touch with the caretaker? Pass this place all the time, would love to look round.
     
  14. Els

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    Go there and ask?
     
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    He's put notes with his phone number all over the place, there was one on the front door & one at the front gate last time i was there :)
     
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