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Photo-a-Day  (Thursday, 23rd July, 2020)

Damhouse, Tyldesley

Damhouse, Tyldesley
Damhouse or Astley Hall is a Grade II* Listed building in Tyldesley. It has served as a manor house, sanatorium, and, since restoration in 2000, houses offices, a clinic, nursery and tearooms

Photo: Dave (Oy)  (Nikon D850 : 24-70mm F/2.8 VR)
Views: 2,108

Comment by: Alan (on Vancouver Island) on 23rd July 2020 at 03:38

We had a house just like that, but we had to give it up, because my wife made me do all the vacuuming.

(Great photography , Dave).

Comment by: irene roberts on 23rd July 2020 at 08:03

I've been in here for a cup of tea some years ago with my neighbour. It's lovely and the entrance hall has a lovely smell of "age". It reminded me of the entrance to Haigh Hall but on a smaller scale.

Comment by: Veronica on 23rd July 2020 at 08:21

Beautiful photograph. I like the effect of looking through the strands of branches. Also what a useful way of keeping the building from slowly rotting away by utilising it for various businesses.

Comment by: Fred Mason on 23rd July 2020 at 08:48

Very pleasing photo, Dave.

I always wondered where the damhouse was.qq7eq

Comment by: Mick on 23rd July 2020 at 09:19

Irene when I went there I thought that the smell was being caused by damp.

Comment by: Philip Gormley. on 23rd July 2020 at 10:39

Thanks Dave. I was drawn almost instantly to the building's reflected shadow-side; a nice, tungsten, thermometer kinda shade, I 'pondered'. And then Wiki gave me the answer I'd been looking for: Quicksilver, a saturated, gray, twilight blue with a lavender undertone. I thought that was beautiful.

Comment by: DTease on 23rd July 2020 at 11:18

Great photo Dave, but why do the powers that be insist on putting rubbish bins right next door to park benches? It’s not very pleasant sitting on top of a usually overflowing pile of rubbish.
Put the bin a little further away and let the flies eat in peace.

Comment by: Cyril on 23rd July 2020 at 15:04

Was happy to see that Damhouse had been saved from demolition for housing when it was decommissioned as Astley Hospital by WW&L NHS Trust, during the 1980s when I worked at the council and was tendered out to the hospitals and clinics I'd often get a call to go here, and also the wards at the rear which very often had wasps nests under the verandas. You're right about the aroma too Irene it reeked of history and got the olfactory nerve quivering. I was saddened to see photos of the destruction caused by vandals and thieves stealing the ancient fireplaces and fixtures and fittings, but the friends have done a great job with the renovation, jagman posted some photos he took during the restoration, https://www.wiganworld.co.uk/communicate/mb_message.php?opt=f4&opt2=&msd=713104&offset=200&subject=The%2520Grey%2520Lady%2520of%2520Dam%2520House
There's some interesting information on the history of Damhouse here. https://lancashirepast.com/2020/02/16/damhouse-astley/

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