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Report (Permission Visit) Woolton Hall, Sept 2015, Liverpool

JaneEyre

The clumsiest explorer in Yorkshire!
28DL Full Member
#1
Hiyaaa,

The Explore

SO, we wanted to head up here for a while but as anyone who has explored with me and Rincewind will have noticed, I am pretty crap at getting over anything above 6ft and have a habit of falling off/through things. This became less of a problem when a certain lovely member gave me John's number and said that I should give him a ring.
The next day me, the Mr and a non member all bundled in the car and pottered up to Liverpool.
It was probably the most relaxed explore we have ever done, not very exciting or rush-filled but some of the thrill is being somewhere you shouldn't and all that jazz haha

Anyway, here is some history and a whole load of photos, I did try and get some of the smaller details, the bits people haven't got before or that everyone hasn't seen tonnes. I also realised half way through that my new camera was in fact broke, the flash kept going off in the body, despite me having it in manual, so focusing was a nightmare but hey ho, they look almost alright :)


History - Shamelessly nicked from t'interwebs and edited


Woolton Hall is in Woolton, a suburb of Liverpool, Merseyside, England. It is a former country house built in 1704 and extensively renovated in 1772 by the influential architect Robert Adam. It is praised as the finest example of Robert Adam's work in the north of England and in all honesty is a very pretty building.

The original part of the house was built in 1704 for the Molyneux family, on an estate of 400 acres that Richard Molyneux purchased in 1700. The site had had a house on since the Twelfth century, at one time serving as the local headquarters of the Knights of St. John. After the death of Richard Molyneux in 1738 and his widow in 1766, Woolton Hall was acquired by Nicholas Ashton, High Sheriff of Lancashire, whose father was one of the original undertakers and the principal financier of the Sankey Canal, the first canal of the British industrial revolution. In 1772, Robert Adam was employed to design a new frontage and redesign the interior. It remained in the Ashton family until the late Nineteenth century. The hall is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade I listed building.
Late on in its time, the house fell into disrepair and was scheduled for demolition, until it was saved in 1980 by John Hibbert (who is a proper sweetie) a local resident, who bought Woolton Hall and spent £100,000 renovating it. In 2005, there were plans to convert the estate and house into retirement care flats however no work has yet began.
John started letting people in to look around a little while ago and says it has helped keep damage and theft down, he even referred to "you urban lot" when showing us around and finds out hobbies quite amusing.

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Much Love

JE

xxx
 

VauxBex

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
#7
Really could be if somebody spent some ££ on it. Doesn't look in that bad condition so probably wouldn't cost that much, obviously depending what they were planning to use it for..
 

othersideofmidnight

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
#8
hi Jane

I was looking at going to the hall and have seen that there is a nice gentleman that is willing to show people around, would it be possible to PM me his number. thanks
 

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