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Winstanley hall, wigan - May 2013

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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

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i found a bunker in the grounds

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also had time for a bath

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Edited by shaddam
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Haha, that's the mutts that is, lovely set :) Awesome lookin place too!

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Nice one mush... That bunker was a bonus eh! :)

yes it was, i was going through all the high nettles to make a short cut and found it :)

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nice one fella .. always wanted to see this one and have not. Is neptune still there ?

yes he is but didnt get a photo, this ones from back in the day but hasnt changed much

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