Winstanley Hall, Wigan

July 2012 - Explored with Kenni

Winstanley Hall is a late 16th century house in Winstanley, in the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan. It is listed as a Scheduled Ancient Monument and a Grade II* listed building. Originally built for the Winstanley family, the building is one of only three Tudor buildings in the Borough.

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 halls guests.

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. The interior is now in some disrepair.

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Comments

On 14th August 2013 Arran wrote:
Hi, I'm an amateur film maker. Me and my associate are interested in using this place for filming. Could you tell up where it is and how to get in?
On 15th August 2013 Snake Oil wrote:
The clue is in the title, you'll have to find your own way in.
On 18th December 2014 angel wrote:
Do you happen to know if it is still in this state? Has it been knocked down or refurbished etc?
On 18th December 2014 Snake Oil wrote:
It has got a lot worse since, the cantilever staircase has collapsed and I have heard more upper floors have come down too. A recent report suggests that work has finally started, so hopefully the place won't fall in on itself now.
On 26th January 2015 barton wrote:
is there security ?
On 3rd April 2015 Kenni wrote:
For God sake guys, get out there and have a look for yourselves!
On 9th April 2015 Diamond wrote:
At the risk of being shot at!
On 2nd February 2016 sue taylor wrote:
Hi on bucket list to get into the arches in manchester, as an older lady my son has promised to accompany me as i have been going on about it for years and recently had some ill health and near death scare, but now up and running again but want to see it while i am fit and able my email is susantaylor59@hotmail.co.uk if you can give me some heavy hints how to get in, where i thought it was is now bricked up on station side. May i congratulate you on super photos, well done.
On 2nd March 2016 Lauren wrote:
Went here a few weeks ago. Wooden beams are now holding up the walls, Industrial plasters covering the cracks and collapsed floors visible through the windows. Construction has started on this site but I visited on a saturday and luckily there was no sign of anybody. Definitely wasn't risking going inside though. laurenlomas@hotmail.co.uk

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