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  1. This is first time out with my camera Nikon D5200 and first time doing any Urbex at all. Went out with two mates and big thanks for them for letting me tag along on this trip and a few more that ill post at some point. We tried one place first but couldn't get access. History The hall was built in the 1560s for the Winstanley family of Winstanley; the Winstanley family were lords of the manor since at least 1252 and may have been responsible for building the moat on the site. The Winstanleys owned the hall until 1596, when the estate was sold to James Bankes, a London goldsmith and banker. Winstanley Hall has three storeys and has a date stone with a date of 1584, but this is not in situ so may not provide an accurate date for the construction of the house. Extra blocks were added in the 17th and 18th centuries. Further and extensive alterations were made in 1811-19 by Lewis Wyatt in a Jacobean style. He moved the entrance to the left flank of the hall and replacing the original entrance with a window. The final additions to the hall were made in 1843 when an extra wing was added. To the south, on lands belonging to the hall, is a small stone building which was used to house bears that provided entertainment for the hall's guests. The Winstanley Family also owned the Braunstone Hall estate. The Bankes family retained ownership of the hall until the 21st century when it was sold for private development. The hall had been kept in good condition until the 1960s when habitation stopped. As the building decayed and the cost of maintaining Winstanley Hall was too much for the family it was sold on. It was intended to develop the hall into private flats, however refurbishment was held up due to Wigan council withholding planning permission.
  2. Visited the hall many times. The hall is pretty much falling down with most floors and staircases collapsed. The place has lots of history and is surrounded by many farmers fields who keep watch over the hall. Any a guy on a quad bike who patrols the estate with a shotgun strapped to it . Still a great place to visit so on with a few pics and history.. Winstanley Hall was built around 1580 for the Winstanley family. It is a Grade II listed building and also listed as a Ancient Scheduled Monument. The Winstanleys owned this Elizabethan Hall until 1596, when the estate was sold to James Bankes, a London goldsmith and banker. Extra blocks were added in the 17th and 18th centuries. Further and extensive alterations were made in 1811-19 by Lewis Wyatt in a Jacobean style.. To the south, on lands belonging to the hall, is a small stone building which was used to house bears that provided entertainment for the hall's guests The stable court and other buildings to the side of the main house are a prize example of English eccentricity, designed with a heady mix of Norman, Tudor and Baroque motifs. They were built by Meyrick Bankes II a colourful character who travelled extensively in Europe and America and adorned his grounds with statues of animals and monsters The Bankes family retained ownership of the hall until the 21st century when it was sold for private development. The hall had been kept in good condition until the 1960s when habitation stopped. As the building decayed and the cost of maintaining Winstanley Hall was too much for the family it was sold on and any intended plans for redevelopment have failed leaving the building to decay rapidly.
  3. I visited here with Lavino and a non member Tom, This was our second visit to the mansion ( as the first time I didn't have my own camera ) and unlike our first visit we managed to get to the upper floors. And people have been saying a lot that this place is un safe and I totally agree with them . On the upper floors it is a lot more decayed than the ground floors as Lavino learned when trying to open a door. We also managed to get onto the roof which has an amazing view and is just a great place to sit down for a few minutes. On the way out we decided we would look for the grave of the owners horse which we thought we saw in the middle of the crops, but when we got to it it was just a lion statue after we took some pictures of it the farmer came with his quad and gun, and he didn't look very happy ( guess it didn't help we were in the middle of his crops ). Anyway here is a bit of history and some pictures hope you enjoy . The mansion was built around 1580 for the Winstanley family. It is a Grade II listed building and also listed as a Ancient Scheduled Monument. The Winstanleys owned this Elizabethan Hall until 1596, when the estate was sold to James Bankes, a London goldsmith and banker. Extra blocks were added in the 17th and 18th centuries. Further and extensive alterations were made in 1811-19 by Lewis Wyatt in a Jacobean style.. To the south, on lands belonging to the hall, is a small stone building which was used to house bears that provided entertainment for the hall's guests The stable court and other buildings to the side of the main house are a prize example of English eccentricity, designed with a heady mix of Norman, Tudor and Baroque motifs. They were built by Meyrick Bankes II a colourful character who travelled extensively in Europe and America and adorned his grounds with statues of animals and monsters The Bankes family retained ownership of the hall until the 21st century when it was sold for private development. The hall had been kept in good condition until the 1960s when habitation stopped. As the building decayed and the cost of maintaining the mansion was too much for the family it was sold on and any intended plans for redevelopment have failed leaving the building to decay rapidly.
  4. this was my first time back here in over 3 years and the place has got a hell of a lot worse, most of the stairs have gone and a lot of the ceilings have collapsed or ready to. The hall was built in the 1560s for the Winstanley family of Wigan; the Winstanley family were lords of the manor since at least 1252 and may have been responsible for building the moat on the site. The Winstanleys owned the hall until 1596, when the estate was sold to James Bankes, a London goldsmith and banker. Winstanley Hall has three storeys and has a date stone with a date of 1584, but this is not in situ so may not provide an accurate date for the construction of the house. Extra blocks were added in the 17th and 18th centuries. Further and extensive alterations were made in 1811-19 by Lewis Wyatt in a Jacobean style. He moved the entrance to the left flank of the hall and replacing the original entrance with a window. The Bankes family retained ownership of the hall until the 21st century when it was sold for private development. The hall had been kept in good condition until the 1960s when habitation stopped. As the building decayed and the cost of maintaining Winstanley Hall was too much for the family it was sold on i found a bunker in the grounds also had time for a bath
  5. ...Winstanley Hall Wigan... Winstanley Hall was built in the 1560s by some bloke blah blah etc... Right, thats the history done... NKPS fancied a quick poke round this ole gaff, we werent expecting much as had heard that it was 'too far gone' it actually turned out to be an absolute CRACKER!! Magnificent level of dereliction! But be forewarned... the floors here are LETHAL!! Me besty will be poppin a few pix up after mine ok... ENJOY! ​Well there ya have it... Over to you NK...

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