Report - Daresbury Hall, Cheshire, June 2015

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Staff member
Mar 7, 2010
Daresbury Hall



Daresbury hall was erected in the mid 1700’s by the Greenhall family in the Georgian style. The building itself has served most of its life as a Stately home and was last occupied by the Hill family.

The estate was converted to a military hospital during the Second World War and saw the construction of an additonal ward, the “Lewis Carroll Unit”. Following this the manor was sold back to the Greenhall family in the early 1950’s, but was not occupied until it was resold to the National Spastic Society (now known as Scope) in 1957 for £5000.

The estate functioned as home and school for 52 patients and 75 members of staff, with the first patients suffering from physical handicaps.

Additional outbuildings were erected near to the manor entrance to provide accommodation for the on-site carers. From an article from the BBC the approximate annual price per patient in 1986 was £12,500, which must have contributed to the closure of the facility.

Following the closure the building lay empty for many years until it was sold to a millionaire bachelor who returned the building to its former use as a stately home. However upon the owners death the building was left to deteriorate and is now unusable.

The building was most recently used by Zed Events to provide a “zombie survival experience” and the outbuildings are heavily graffitied with comments regarding the “apocalypse”.

The Visit

This was one of those places that I have wanted to see for some time, as it looked quite interesting from the pictures...If only I had just looked at photos and not actually visited this place as it's a major let down. The house has been left totaly trashed, natural damage on the upper floors of the house and 'air-soft' damage on the lower floors.

I don't know what it was about the place, but I just found it utterly boring and quite fake with all the 'props' which had been left behind.

Best advice for anyone considering going...if you like the look of the place from the various reports, keep it that way and don't waste your time physically visiting!

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Full Gallery HERE
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Super Moderator
Staff member
Oct 20, 2005
Good to see some shots of the house itself, I was hoping it might be hiding some gems, but I'll take your word for it!


28DL Member
28DL Member
Oct 25, 2015
Nice to see the old place hasn't completely fallen apart yet despite the best efforts of the weed farmers. Just to clarify though, the state of the inside of the main house is entirely down to mother nature (and metal fairies) it was never in use for the zombie or airsoft sessions so anything you found in the house itself was as the inhabitants left it.

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