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Bispham Hall


Bispham Hall, Billinge.
Photo: Mick
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Item #: 8417
Bispham Hall, Billinge, circa 1890.

Comment by: DAVE MARSH on 29th December 2008 at 09:59

Great old photos,Mick.I remember the many happy days spent camping at Bispham Hall and staying in the dormitory as well.I made a return visit there a few years ago and it just wasn't the same.I believe the Hall is now a private residence.

Comment by: Mick on 30th December 2008 at 15:34

There was a bad fire there Dave, about 30 years ago. Given Wigan's track record we should be thankful it's still standing, and a car park or amusement arcade hasn't taken its place!

Comment by: DAVE MARSH on 31st December 2008 at 09:09

There was a very splendid private chapel in the hall and I remember having to go through the very dark cellars to fetch the coal.I believe the large man made lake was filled in which is a great shame as it was a haven for water voles.
A group of us lads won a backwoodsman competition up there and we were presented with one of the 4 arrows used by Baden Powell to launch the Boy Scout movement.

Comment by: David on 1st January 2009 at 11:54

Doesn't a certain Mr Kenyon reside there?

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