Strangeways Hall farm

Started by: Barley (8)

On the 1845 6-inch map of Hindley there is a house called "Strangeways" which I think is where my ancestor farmed between 1801 and 1815 (according to the Land Tax and the Tithe schedule).
It was off Liverpool Road and appears to be about where the modern roads Longton Street and Balmoral Drive are now, north of the old Hindley and Platt Bridge Station.
On the 1894 map it is still there, marked "Hall" and opposite Strangeways Hall Colliery. Still there on the 1909 and 1946 maps, called Strangeways Hall.
Google gives me things about the Strangeways Hall in Manchester city centre, but that doesn’t seem to be the same as the farm in Hindley.
Anyone know anything about it? Any pictures?

Started: 31st Dec 2020 at 18:30

Posted by: retep1949 (679)

I remember this farm in the 50/60's and it being demolished.Billy Eatock who had a farm down Lord street had this farm also.It was accessed up a lane opposite the old Strangeways pub.There were two dwellings.A German,who Ithink was a POW lived in one and a girl,I think her name Julie or June lived with some other family in a smaller cottage.They were in a poor state.Spent hours playing in the barns etc when the houses were demolished..I think the people who lived in them went to live in Borsdane ave.I had a walk around a few weeks ago and you could still make out some parts of the buildings,not been there for over thirty years.I am now not sure if this is the farm you are after but it was called Strangeways.The pit you mentioned was not near near to this farm .

Replied: 1st Jan 2021 at 18:08
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Posted by: tonker (23570) 

Replied: 1st Jan 2021 at 19:15
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Posted by: Barley (8)

Thanks Retep
The farm or hall building I am interested in was definitely opposite the old Strangeways Hall Colliery, according the the old maps. A bit further south, before the railway bridge, was another one called Lowe Hall, I think, and maybe that's the one you remember. But it's Strangeways Hall farm I'd like a picture or drawing of.
Happy New Year to you all, by the way!

Replied: 1st Jan 2021 at 21:43

Posted by: retep1949 (679) have really confused me with this one.I lived in this area for years in Mawdsley street and knew the area very well but I cannot make sense of of what you are saying.Good luck.Are you local to the area?

Replied: 3rd Jan 2021 at 12:29
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Posted by: Domin0 (197)

On my 1907 map Strangeways Hall is just north of Hindley South station, and Strangeways House is quite away South of the station.

Replied: 3rd Jan 2021 at 16:25

Posted by: retep1949 (679)

Correct Domino.

Replied: 3rd Jan 2021 at 17:00

Posted by: chris southworth (586)

Barley and retep1949, you are both sort of right but slightly wrong. Strangeways Hall farm was exactly where you said, retep1949, accessed opposite the Strangeways pub. The Strangeways Hall Colliery was quite close to the Hall but not opposite as Barley says. It was on the opposite side of Liverpool Rd but about 300 yds away.

Replied: 4th Jan 2021 at 08:50

Posted by: chris southworth (586)

Barley, in the deep depths of my mind I seem to remember there being an old photo or possibly a pencil drawing of Strangeways Hall farm somewhere that I have seen on the internet. I have looked around again but can't find it.

Replied: 4th Jan 2021 at 08:54

Posted by: retep1949 (679)

When we were young the old Strangeways colliery site was one of our many pit wastelands we played on,just like you probably did Chris.With regards to Strangeways Hall Farm I can remember going inside the main farmhouse and the little cottage annexe and even by the poor standard of housing down the Lump these were absolute squalor.I too have looked and asked for photos of the farm with no luck but have a clear picture in my mind of the farmhouse and its buildings.The German pow who lived in the farm was called Henry,a nice man.I wonder if anyone remembers him.

Replied: 4th Jan 2021 at 09:34

Posted by: retep1949 (679)

If you type 14447 in the search box there is a photo of some trolley buses and to right is Strangeways farm though not very clear.This photo was taken by Harold Whittle(Aitch) my cousin.

Replied: 4th Jan 2021 at 13:31

Posted by: Barley (8)

Thanks all. No I'm not local (I live in Crosby), so I'm going by old maps, and my idea of "opposite" isn't as good as as yours, obviously. Sorry for confusing you.
Chris Southworth - I have googled for a picture, and have seen an old drawing which might be the one you are thinking of , but it is a different Strangeways Hall, one in central Manchester and which gave its name to the prison.
Retep 1949: Yes, I saw that picture of the trolleybuses, with a gabled house half-obscured by the bridge railings. Am I getting my stations and bridges mixed up, or could that house in the picture be the one called The Lowe? (As you have seen, my local geography is theoretical, not practical!)

Replied: 4th Jan 2021 at 18:01
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Posted by: retep1949 (679)

The station was always Hindley South to me,it was at one time Hindley and Platt Bridge stationth The white building was the booking office and you went down to the platforms.The building in the background were the barns and outbuildings.The actual farm house was in front of them and is very difficult to make out.To the left of the trolley buses is where the Strangeways Colleries were situated,it was just what seemed endless pit waste when we were kids.Good luck with your search Barley.Try putting the names of your relatives on General there are some people who might help.

Replied: 4th Jan 2021 at 18:56

Posted by: peter g (2646) 

I got married in the Strangeways pub and lived in the old houses on the opposite side

Replied: 7th Jan 2021 at 16:11


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