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Photo-a-Day  (Wednesday, 27th November, 2013)

Winstanley Hall


Winstanley Hall
Courtyard taken late October.

Photo: Anne Mason  (Canon HG21)
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Comment by: Ken R on 27th November 2013 at 00:08

Beautiful building being overgrown by nature. Played cricket against Winstanley quite a few times.

Comment by: Thomas(Tom)Walsh. on 27th November 2013 at 00:28

Anne ,thank you for posting this photogragh ,it shows dramaticly how we neglect our buildings ,future generations will wonder why we allowed such vandalism, committed by omission. Sooner or later it will be reported that Winstanley Hall is in an unstable condition ,and can't be saved !.

Comment by: Ellen on 27th November 2013 at 00:37

How sad it makes me to see this historic building deteriorate so badly. Does anyone actually own it now?

Comment by: Derek Platt on 27th November 2013 at 01:21

Good Photo, this was, in it's day, a magnificent structure. I read a story, may be on wigantoday, that Winstanley Hall was being sold. Is that true.

Comment by: Lizzie down under on 27th November 2013 at 03:48

Wonderful Anne....can feel the history just looking at the picture.....cheers!!!!

Comment by: BREN on 27th November 2013 at 07:12

What a great shame to let this building get to this state.

Comment by: Mick on 27th November 2013 at 07:42

Its to late to save this building now, best thing to do would be to knock it all down and use the old stone to build a new modern house.

Comment by: Anne on 27th November 2013 at 07:56

Ventured inside but no more than a few yards, water dripping everywhere. Didn't dare go upstairs for fear of rotten floors.

Comment by: Helen on 27th November 2013 at 08:13

Isn't this the building that has been in ongoing discussions between certain parties ? I understood that something was going to be done. Seems like its a case of ' get your finger out' before its to late. Shameful state of affairs.

Comment by: Hugh Wilson on 27th November 2013 at 08:18

As far as I am aware, Winstanley Hall is now owned by the same company that owns Dorbcrest Homes. What they intend to do with it I have no idea.

Comment by: Andrew Fishburn on 27th November 2013 at 09:04

Great photo Anne of a wonderful building. Something I have wanted to photograph for many years but have no idea how to get to it! Fancy doing a joint shoot?

More info on the building here:
http://www.savewigan.co.uk/atrisk.php?id=5

Comment by: Helen on 27th November 2013 at 09:52

Oh well...that sorts that Hugh. Wait till it gets beyond any renovation, knock it down & build 'EXCUTIVE STYLE HOMES' on the site. Is this what happens to listed buildings today ?

Comment by: A.W. on 27th November 2013 at 10:14

If you Leave things long enough they cease to be a burden!

Comment by: Anne on 27th November 2013 at 10:58

Andrew you are welcome to join me, I don't really like mooching round there on my own. Rough going though.

Comment by: Garry on 27th November 2013 at 11:29

Andrew please don't do a joint shoot, Anne's photo is what you see is what you get, with no tricks. All this colour tampering and superimposed on a computer is bluff for me. Anne's is a really good genuine shot...it's real.

Comment by: tricia on 27th November 2013 at 13:10

Go straight up Billinge Road, Andrew, past the station on the left, past the Church , Vicarage and Parish Hall, all also on the left.Then Venture Pub (spelling? !)
on the right. Go straight on till you come to a slight dip in Road, on left you will see a terraced row of houses and just near there on the right you will see the entrance to Winstanley Hall

Comment by: Anne on 27th November 2013 at 13:54

Andrew that road/path now has an electronic gate, a big one.

Comment by: Elayne on 27th November 2013 at 14:43

When did you go up there Anne? A friend and I crept up there around April time, we were lucky the groundsman didn't get us!! We got in from the 'police dog house' near cricket ground. I remember spending many a summer in those grounds

Comment by: Garry on 27th November 2013 at 15:04

Thanks A.W.

Comment by: Garry on 27th November 2013 at 15:10

Spelling spot on, Tricia. The Venture pub and Restaurant, Billinge road, WN3 6BL.

Comment by: Anne on 27th November 2013 at 16:31

I would rather not say as I got permission from farm on condition I did not spread the word. Sorry.

Comment by: tricia on 27th November 2013 at 17:29

Thanks for posting the pic Anne. Sorry, Andrew for the wrong info!
Have not walked about round there since my childhood.
It makes me sad to see it now though, in that state.

Comment by: tricia on 27th November 2013 at 21:39

Thanks , Garry. When we were kids everyone called that the Venter ! It was a big pond thing behind a wooden fence. I think it was to do with the Venture pit. Where is Fred Foster when you need him ? lol

Comment by: Andrew Fishburn on 27th November 2013 at 22:56

Thanks for the offer Anne, I would love to join you. I'm trying to find out how to leave my email on here (there used to be an option for showing an email icon with a posting but can't seem to find it).
Gary, not sure what you mean mate - can you post a Iink or two to your own shots that illustrate 'real' photos?

Comment by: fred foster on 27th November 2013 at 22:58

The venture lodge was the reserve water for May Mill's steam engine. When we were children you could see the wheel valve under some boards. There was always a big green frog near it. The Venture pit was about 40 yards away from the lodge behind the row of houses known as Highfield View. It was known as the "New Venture" and was ruined by an inrush of water from some old workings.

Comment by: Anne on 28th November 2013 at 07:07

Andrew I think if you contact Brian or whoever they would do it for you.

Comment by: Garry on 28th November 2013 at 18:54

Andrew will do in the summer months, thanks.

Comment by: ann21 on 28th November 2013 at 19:32

When we were little, we used to play in Winky Woods and we used to call it the Long Wall. It will be criminal if this building is not preserved. Squire Bankes will be turning in his grave.

Comment by: Andrew Fishburn on 29th November 2013 at 20:13

Thanks Anne, will give that a try.

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