Report - Winstanley Hall, Wigan, October 2017

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the north
28DL Full Member
Dec 3, 2016
The Day
Honestly just felt like returning to this incredible structure, one of the best out there to be honest. It's isolation and the buildings themselves, make this one of my favourites. So we hopped on a bus to the spot, and after a long trek through the woods which it is based in, we made it.

History (from another report)
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 sight 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 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. It was intended to develop the hall into private flats, however refurbishment was held up due to Wigan council withholding planning permission. The interior is now in some disrepair.

The Visit
Definitely one of my favourites to be honest, everything about this place is beautiful.

The inner rooms are magnificent and really demonstrate the 16th century architecture whilst the outside view of it, although slightly ruined by scaffolding, are complimented by the overgrown shrubs, it is a beautiful explore.

Really happy with the pics but I'm not sure if it's me as a amateur photographer or the building that I think has made this come out as well. They're just how I wanted them as I won't be visiting this place again.

Please give me feedback on them :)
















A bit of a weird back story to this one lol, but tell me this wire doesn't read 'love'.




Thanks for reading :)


28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
Oct 8, 2017
Preesall, Lancashire
its usually one bloke who tells you to fuck off, just slither around and if you be careful you can get into the bungalow next to it. the camera attached to the bungalow doesnt work either as far as i figured.
Awesome I'll give it a go and check the place out, I've looked on other sites and other people warning not to attempt it cos security being strict and a friend of mine has told me about someone who watches the place and stays close by

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