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Report - Winstanley Hall, Wigan, November 2021


LewisUrbex

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History.

Winstanley Hall, in Wigan, was built by the Winstanley family who had owned the land here since at least the 13th century. The oldest part of the present hall was built in the middle of the 15th century. Other wings were added in the 17th and 18th centuries.

In 1855, Winstanley Hall was the scene of a series of terrible events involving the estate manager, Thomas Shortrede and his wife. Mrs Shortrede was found dead, apparently drowned, in a well on the estate. When it came to light that her husband had been unfaithful, it became obvious that Mrs Shortrede had taken her own life when she discovered the affair.

Thomas Shortrede’s lover was Mrs Atherton, wife of the mason who also lived on the Winstanley Estate. As the story of the death and her own infidelity spread, Mrs Atherton could not bear the scandal and her partial responsibility for Mrs Shortrede’s death, so she then took her own life by hanging herself.

Finally, Thomas Shortrede was publicly shamed in church the following Sunday by Canon Howard St. George and he found this so unbearable that he also lost interest in living and shot himself. The court investigating his death recorded an ‘open verdict’.

Naturally, Winstanley Hall is haunted and the string of deaths in 1855 are said to be responsible – although, as none of those involved actually lived in the hall, it is unclear how they could cause the shadowy figures seen at the deserted windows of the building.

There is also one ghost which is unconnected to the scandalous murders; the ghost of a white pony called Dick. The pony belonged to Squire Banks and died in 1841. He was clearly a favourite as he was buried close to the hall and his grave can still be seen. A ghostly coach drawn by a white pony has sometimes been reported in the grounds of Winstanley Hall.


Night Explore…

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an navigate the residents private road. These buildings are still absolutely stunning but the level of disrepair is easy to see. The grounds are really massive so theres plenty to explore but the main building is very well sealed now - which is possibly a good thing as it is not safe at all to enter. The site is very over grown in places so they nettles are out in full force.. you will witness beams of wood literally holding the walls of the main mansion up all around the perimeter.
 

MK83

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Always liked this building although it's in a sad state now. I especially like the Neptune fountain.
 

Shaun

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It's a good place this while it is practically a ruin, was also greated by a farmer saying some not nice things when we were heading out let's just say, plus some creative threats involving his dogs :p
 

LewisUrbex

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It's a good place this while it is practically a ruin, was also greated by a farmer saying some not nice things when we were heading out let's just say, plus some creative threats involving his dogs :p
It's a good place this while it is practically a ruin, was also greated by a farmer saying some not nice things when we were heading out let's just say, plus some creative threats involving his dogs :p
This place is pretty much in ruin's these days i think maybe four years ago it would have been a far better explore and the main building would still be open. Walked round the whole place and the majority of the hall in unexceable now. I had read quite a lot before making this explore and day time visits people are always greeted by angry farmers. But they do not own the land but take to farmer squatter rights and store things there.
 

LewisUrbex

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Always liked this building although it's in a sad state now. I especially like the Neptune fountain.
The building isn't structurally safe anymore but such a good explore. Except for the those bleeding pheasants. A scary night visit gets the blood pumping. Also easier to get past the farmers.
 

Calamity Jane

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Such a lovely building. I see scaffold poles! Is this place listed? Some nice og bits around. I wonder why Neptune was chosen! Would love to see it in its heyday. Online search I think. Sad history there though.
 

LewisUrbex

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The building i believe is a grade II listed building but nothing has been done for years.

Yes the story behind Winstanley Hall is quite sad. Walking around the building we could sense something wasn't quite right as is if someone was following us. Very Eeery indeed...
 

4x4Duster

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Please could you PM me? I went and the locals were well on top literally following me up and down the lanes for no good reason. It seems the locals act as Security, after all they're being nosey seeing who is wandering up their "Private Road".
 

LewisUrbex

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Good evening. How can i help? I would be happy to explore this place again if you would like to come. My second explore i heard quite alot of strange noices that sent schivers up my back.
 
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