1. Welcome to 28DaysLater.co.uk - 28DL - The UK Urban Exploring / Urban Exploration / Urbex Forums.

    Asylums and Hospitals, High Stuff, Industrial, Leisure Sites, Residential Sites, Military Sites, Mines and Quarries, ROC Posts, Theatres and Cinemas, Draining, Underground Sites, European and International Sites, Leads, Rumours and News, Kit, Clothing, Equipment, Photography and Video sections plus a lot more.

    Please feel free to browse this website as a guest. Creating an account removes some ads, allows you to post replies, start new topics and threads, and gives you access to more features including bookmarking, live chat, messaging and notification systems.

    Create an account | Login | Request new password

Report - Winstanley Hall, Near Wigan. Sept 2015

Discussion in 'Residential Sites' started by dweeb, Sep 14, 2015.

  1. dweeb

    dweeb Super Moderator
    Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2005
    Messages:
    1,471
    Likes Received:
    810

    I've got quite into crumbling country houses of late, and an old house keeps Cat happy as they break up the weekends I drag her around fetid empty cotton mills...

    I kind of wish I had gone and seen this place a few years ago. It is a very interesting example of a Tudor house which has been tinkered with and extended over the years. It is also one of the first I have been in which has not been used as a school, care home or hospital, which meant it had not been chopped up with plasterwork.

    One thing I love about these places was the customized details, which were first brought to my attention at Lennox Castle a few years ago. At Lennox the family crest incorporated a star and rose, and these symbols could be seen on various features around the house. For the Winstanley family, a long necked bird (I'm no ornithologist but perhaps a Crane?) seems to be the family symbol, and could be found cast into the iron fireplace, in the plasterwork, cut in the stone and carved into the wooden doors. I think it is a great sign of the wealth these people had to have afforded to commission a foundry pattern, plaster mould as well as stone masons and chippys to create these features... clearly "off the peg" was not an option here.

    The sad thing as with so many of these fine houses is the vast cost to even stop it getting worse, let alone restore it. I think Winstanley is reaching that point of 'no return' where only the shell is savable economically speaking. Despite the decay and collapse, there are still some beautiful features to be seen.

    I was told by the missus to not risk going upstairs... I'd like to go back at some point to have a pop at it.

    DSC_0680_zpspx2ftd7c.jpg DSC_0538_zpsyznyj8b8.jpg

    DSC_0677_zpsrcfb2cxw.jpg

    I've never seen these wooden covered switches before, so they must have been bespoke or very expensive!
    DSC_0675_zpsx1qzxvol.jpg DSC_0654_zpsqtc3wzvv.jpg

    DSC_0669_zpspveiatvn.jpg

    DSC_0666_zps11fdgjaj.jpg

    DSC_0664_zps7c93bozo.jpg

    This is the remains of the servant's bell indicator panel. I would have loved to see it with it's glass panel in situ.
    DSC_0659_zpsrvxmjpgf.jpg

    The bird motif in iron
    DSC_0646_zpsvrcahwjt.jpg

    And plaster
    DSC_0649_zpsv32xmyne.jpg

    DSC_0650_zpsjscvkrs7.jpg DSC_0640_zpsvcnezvi7.jpg

    DSC_0619_zpsnpcznwov.jpg

    DSC_0617_zpst6xfyb1j.jpg DSC_0601_zpsqlgnteqh.jpg

    DSC_0607_zpsg7txec8w.jpg

    DSC_0604_zps0adadl8q.jpg

    DSC_0594_zpsqwqpvdwb.jpg

    DSC_0599_zpsrjwprq1z.jpg DSC_0591_zpsg20ub5pv.jpg

    DSC_0585_zpscvo2xx9y.jpg DSC_0579_zpsqxhgsy4z.jpg

    DSC_0562_zps6xxmgk8e.jpg

    DSC_0578_zpsxueblfet.jpg DSC_0557_zps7l6ozgn9.jpg

    DSC_0564_zpsilbih2na.jpg

    DSC_0554_zpsueskmi9m.jpg

    DSC_0545_zpstr5eakcj.jpg

    DSC_0541_zpscdbuna9p.jpg
     
    Ferox, bhg, WildBoyz and 1 other person like this.

    Remove this ad by donating or subscribing.

  2. Snake Oil

    Snake Oil go in drains
    Regular User

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2011
    Messages:
    853
    Likes Received:
    387
    Home Page:
    This place looks worse and worse each time its posted with bits falling down all over the place :(
     
  3. WildBoyz

    WildBoyz Is this the future?
    Regular User

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2014
    Messages:
    2,091
    Likes Received:
    1,528
    Some beautiful decor in there. Nicely captured.
     
  4. Ojay

    Ojay Admin
    Staff Member Admin

    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2008
    Messages:
    4,883
    Likes Received:
    1,828
    It was a death 8 years ago when I first looked in here, jeez it's f00ked now!!
     
  5. ZerO81

    ZerO81 Moderator
    Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2010
    Messages:
    1,116
    Likes Received:
    437
    Home Page:
    Probably the best shots I have ever seen of this place.
     
  6. Camera Shy

    Camera Shy Old enough to know better
    Regular User

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2011
    Messages:
    1,123
    Likes Received:
    865
    You still managed to find all those nice details and bits of workmanship in amongst the wreckage.
     
  7. BrainL

    BrainL 28DL Full Member
    28DL Full Member

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2015
    Messages:
    771
    Likes Received:
    730
    By far the best report and shots from this place for me! Love the attention to detail with the birds etc.. I found it quite sad there, strong sense of history in there that's just been left to fall apart :(
     
  8. Ferox

    Ferox 28DL Regular User
    Regular User

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2014
    Messages:
    348
    Likes Received:
    252
    Home Page:
    Nice report mate. I'd pretty much give up on this place but, you have made it look intresting again :thumb
     
  9. dweeb

    dweeb Super Moderator
    Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2005
    Messages:
    1,471
    Likes Received:
    810
    Cheers guys, I think lots of Tue tourist trail places we see crop up all the time are full of these little details, they just get overlooked most of the time.
     
    #9 dweeb, Sep 15, 2015
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2015
  10. Kenni

    Kenni Derp Lover
    Regular User

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2011
    Messages:
    188
    Likes Received:
    82
    Death on a stick
     
  11. Burnsy84

    Burnsy84 28DL Member
    28DL Member

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2015
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    Awesome pics i went there tonight the place is in real ruins, deep shame its been left to crumble. Theres building stuff about from dorbcrest homes but that to looks abandonned
     

    Attached Files:

Draft saved Draft deleted
Loading...

Users Who Have Read This Thread (Total: 0)

Share This Page

Remove this ad by creating an account and logging in