Friends of Heaton Hall

Friends of Heaton Hall The Friends of Heaton Hall exist to promote knowledge of this late 18th century neo-classical house in Heaton park, Manchester, ancestral home of the Earls of Wilton.

Heaton Hall was first built on this site around 1685, but was rebuilt to its present design in the 1770s by Sir Thomas Egerton, 7th Baronet, with James Wyatt as architect. Sir Thomas was created Earl of Wilton in 1801. The Orangery was built on to the eastern end of the hall by his grandson, the 2nd Earl of Wilton.

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Just over a week to go before Manchester Blue Badge Guide Jonathan Schofield resumes his guided ‘’Heaton Hall And Park T...
29/10/2021

Just over a week to go before Manchester Blue Badge Guide Jonathan Schofield resumes his guided ‘’Heaton Hall And Park Tour’’. Want to get inside the hall and hear about its rich history? From the 7th November it’s every Sunday and Wednesday at 11am sharp for a month. For full details on dates and cost and to book, please visit his website at https://www.jonathanschofieldtours.com/

Just over a week to go before Manchester Blue Badge Guide Jonathan Schofield resumes his guided ‘’Heaton Hall And Park Tour’’. Want to get inside the hall and hear about its rich history? From the 7th November it’s every Sunday and Wednesday at 11am sharp for a month. For full details on dates and cost and to book, please visit his website at https://www.jonathanschofieldtours.com/

Along the Bury arm of the Manchester, Bolton and Bury canal stands this old steam crane, above the modern industrial sit...
27/10/2021

Along the Bury arm of the Manchester, Bolton and Bury canal stands this old steam crane, above the modern industrial site of Ahlstrom. Ahlstrom occupies a site that in the 18th century was Mount Sion Carding Mill, owned by the 1st Earl of Wilton (at that time still Sir Thomas Egerton). In 1783 he commissioned Charles Jones of Ringley to 'cut a watercourse or sluice from a new erected weir .... into Mount Sion belonging to the said Sir Thomas Egerton...' For this work Jones was to be paid £105. The watercourse still exists. Walk out on to the bridge over the River Irwell shown in the second picture and look upstream and you will see the weir, and at its left hand side you will see the sluice into the watercourse. Walk back over the bridge and you will also cross the watercourse, heavily overgrown by trees today.

The Manchester, Bury and Bolton Canal; today providing a tranquil walk, but once a thriving commercial route.  In the 17...
24/10/2021

The Manchester, Bury and Bolton Canal; today providing a tranquil walk, but once a thriving commercial route. In the 1790s, when the construction of a canal to link Bury and Bolton to Manchester via the Irwell Valley was mooted, the 1st Earl of Wilton was one of the first and largest investors in the scheme. He had already witnessed how his distant relation the Duke of Bridgewater had made a fortune out of his canal in the 1760s by transporting coal from his Worsley mines into Manchester. Now he saw his chance to use a canal to bring the coal from his Radcliffe mines to a wider market, as well as receiving an income from the fees paid by users of the canal.

Another in the series of pictures of the Earls of Wilton. Shown here is Seymour Egerton, 4th Earl of Wilton, standing be...
19/10/2021

Another in the series of pictures of the Earls of Wilton. Shown here is Seymour Egerton, 4th Earl of Wilton, standing between Frederick Clay to the left, and Sir Arthur Sullivan to the right. Seymour, known as Sim, inherited on the death of his elder brother. Seymour had been one of a group of musically talented friends known as the Wandering Minstrels, who gave concerts to raise money for charitable causes.

Another in the series of pictures of the Earls of Wilton. Shown here is Seymour Egerton, 4th Earl of Wilton, standing between Frederick Clay to the left, and Sir Arthur Sullivan to the right. Seymour, known as Sim, inherited on the death of his elder brother. Seymour had been one of a group of musically talented friends known as the Wandering Minstrels, who gave concerts to raise money for charitable causes.

For one day only Heaton Park's very own Dave Clegg can guide you through the hall and some of its spooky history.  This ...
16/10/2021

For one day only Heaton Park's very own Dave Clegg can guide you through the hall and some of its spooky history. This is a guided walk with a theatrical twist returning to the shows of 2018 and 2019 Not suitable for under 7's. Details on tickets please see the post from Heaton Park & Hall below.

🎃😨 H A L L - O - W E E N 😨🎃

Saturday 30th October, 12.30pm and 2.30pm.🕒

Heaton Park presents a special seasonal guided tour of Heaton Hall. ❤
Guided by David Clegg life long Heaton Hall fan, historian and long serving member of our staff.

Dave's unique style is sure to entertain and enthral as he delivers fascinating facts and untold stories with historical context and 'mysterious imaginings'

Pick up your tickets now at The Stables Cafe, Heaton Park, all tickets are £7.50, this tour is NOT suitable for children under 7yrs.

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He’s back!!  From Sunday 7th November, Manchester Blue Badge Guide Jonathan Schofield will resume his very well received...
12/10/2021

He’s back!! From Sunday 7th November, Manchester Blue Badge Guide Jonathan Schofield will resume his very well received ‘’Heaton Hall And Park Tour’’. Want to get inside the hall and hear about its rich history? It’s every Sunday and Wednesday at 11am sharp for a month. For full details on dates and cost and to book, please visit his website at https://www.jonathanschofieldtours.com/

He’s back!! From Sunday 7th November, Manchester Blue Badge Guide Jonathan Schofield will resume his very well received ‘’Heaton Hall And Park Tour’’. Want to get inside the hall and hear about its rich history? It’s every Sunday and Wednesday at 11am sharp for a month. For full details on dates and cost and to book, please visit his website at https://www.jonathanschofieldtours.com/

Thanks for this, Jo.  Tricia.
10/10/2021

Thanks for this, Jo. Tricia.

Heaton Cottage Farm, corner of Bury Old Road and Sheepfoot Lane Prestwich, (demolished November 1947) on April 4, 1945.
By Baddeley, Thomas

Nearly 30 members of The Friends Of Heaton Hall attended at the Hall this afternoon to hear ‘’A Curator Remembers’’ with...
09/10/2021

Nearly 30 members of The Friends Of Heaton Hall attended at the Hall this afternoon to hear ‘’A Curator Remembers’’ with the guest being James Lomax.
James trained as a museum curator under the late Christopher Gilbert at Temple Newsam before working at Manchester Art Galleries for five years. He returned to Temple Newsam in 1985 where he worked until his retirement in 2011. During his time at Manchester Art Galleries, James was heavily involved at Heaton Hall during the years when the Art Gallery had responsibility for the building.
He has written and lectured extensively on English decorative arts, particularly on silver, furniture and ceramics. He has curated and co-curated several exhibitions including (2018) Thomas Chippendale 1718-1779: a celebration of British craftsmanship and design. He is a former Editor of the Furniture History Society, Hon. Curator of the Chippendale Society, Chairman of the Leeds Art Fund, and is President of the Silver Society.
It was a pleasure to hear him talk of his work at Heaton and his journey from a Law degree at Cambridge and then seeking out a different path. His love for Heaton still burns bright after all these years. A great afternoon and a lovely bloke.

Nearly 30 members of The Friends Of Heaton Hall attended at the Hall this afternoon to hear ‘’A Curator Remembers’’ with the guest being James Lomax.
James trained as a museum curator under the late Christopher Gilbert at Temple Newsam before working at Manchester Art Galleries for five years. He returned to Temple Newsam in 1985 where he worked until his retirement in 2011. During his time at Manchester Art Galleries, James was heavily involved at Heaton Hall during the years when the Art Gallery had responsibility for the building.
He has written and lectured extensively on English decorative arts, particularly on silver, furniture and ceramics. He has curated and co-curated several exhibitions including (2018) Thomas Chippendale 1718-1779: a celebration of British craftsmanship and design. He is a former Editor of the Furniture History Society, Hon. Curator of the Chippendale Society, Chairman of the Leeds Art Fund, and is President of the Silver Society.
It was a pleasure to hear him talk of his work at Heaton and his journey from a Law degree at Cambridge and then seeking out a different path. His love for Heaton still burns bright after all these years. A great afternoon and a lovely bloke.

Manchesters Blue Badge tour guide Jonathan Schofield has now finished his twice weekly guided tours of Heaton Hall.  The...
02/10/2021

Manchesters Blue Badge tour guide Jonathan Schofield has now finished his twice weekly guided tours of Heaton Hall. They were very well received and very well attended and he has just put an acknowledgement on his website. He says:

‘’Most tours are not just an individual game of research and delivery but ultimately a team effort. My Heaton Hall and Park tours have been a tremendous success but they could not have been delivered without the indefatigable Friends of Heaton Hall. This volunteer group have unlocked the property for me prior to tours, offered encouragement and huge amounts of knowledge and expertise. Special mention must go to Val, Colette and the two Daves, Clegg and Blood. Dave Blood was one of the fire service team who extinguished a catastrophic fire in the early 1980s in the house that could have led to its demolition. Dave Blood is shown here with an original miniature I bought for the Friends of Heaton Hall of the second countess. It's from circa 1830 and is a watercolour, artist unknown. It's exquisite and shows off the beautiful and fashionable Mary Margaret Stanley Egerton to perfection, almost offering a window into her colourful character’’.
Thanks Mr S.

A big thank you to the small but enthusiastic number of people who toured Heaton Hall today as part of the Parks initiat...
01/10/2021

A big thank you to the small but enthusiastic number of people who toured Heaton Hall today as part of the Parks initiative for Age Awareness Day. Always a privilege to welcome people into the hall and pass on the rich history of the place. The image is from the Cupola Room upstairs and is above the fireplace. It is ‘’Sigismunda Weeping Over The Ashes Of Tancred’’.

A big thank you to the small but enthusiastic number of people who toured Heaton Hall today as part of the Parks initiative for Age Awareness Day. Always a privilege to welcome people into the hall and pass on the rich history of the place. The image is from the Cupola Room upstairs and is above the fireplace. It is ‘’Sigismunda Weeping Over The Ashes Of Tancred’’.

Photos from Heaton Park & Hall's post
29/09/2021

Photos from Heaton Park & Hall's post

A programme of visits, talks and events for members is currently being put together for next year.  Why not enjoy the be...
28/09/2021

A programme of visits, talks and events for members is currently being put together for next year. Why not enjoy the benefits of becoming a member of The Friends Of Heaton Hall? To enquire about joining please e-mail….. [email protected]
This time last week over 20 members of The Friends Of Heaton Hall made the long awaited visit to Dumfries House. It had been originally scheduled for last year and postponed (twice) because of Covid. It was built around 15 years before the present Heaton Hall by Robert Adam. In 2004 The Marquess Of Bute announced the sale of Dumfries House and its contents, which included the most important collection of Chippendale furniture ever offered at auction. By 2007 the auction catalogue had been printed and the Christies Auctioneers vans had been loaded and were literally on the motorway before being told to stop and turn back. In a last second offer by Prince Charles the sale was cancelled and Dumfries House stayed intact. Just over 100 years previously Heaton had gone through a similar process, with a different result.

A programme of visits, talks and events for members is currently being put together for next year. Why not enjoy the benefits of becoming a member of The Friends Of Heaton Hall? To enquire about joining please e-mail….. [email protected]
This time last week over 20 members of The Friends Of Heaton Hall made the long awaited visit to Dumfries House. It had been originally scheduled for last year and postponed (twice) because of Covid. It was built around 15 years before the present Heaton Hall by Robert Adam. In 2004 The Marquess Of Bute announced the sale of Dumfries House and its contents, which included the most important collection of Chippendale furniture ever offered at auction. By 2007 the auction catalogue had been printed and the Christies Auctioneers vans had been loaded and were literally on the motorway before being told to stop and turn back. In a last second offer by Prince Charles the sale was cancelled and Dumfries House stayed intact. Just over 100 years previously Heaton had gone through a similar process, with a different result.

A big ‘Thank You’ to all 774 of you who made it through the front door of Heaton Hall over Heritage Weekend.  Some lovel...
24/09/2021

A big ‘Thank You’ to all 774 of you who made it through the front door of Heaton Hall over Heritage Weekend. Some lovely stories told to us of your involvement with the Hall and Park and at least the weather held good until the last hour on Sunday. ‘’Wow, how cool is this!!’’ was a particular highlight from a 7 year old looking up the main stairway. We are hoping to have regular monthly open days again from April 2022.

A big ‘Thank You’ to all 774 of you who made it through the front door of Heaton Hall over Heritage Weekend. Some lovely stories told to us of your involvement with the Hall and Park and at least the weather held good until the last hour on Sunday. ‘’Wow, how cool is this!!’’ was a particular highlight from a 7 year old looking up the main stairway. We are hoping to have regular monthly open days again from April 2022.

Continuing with the occasional pictures of the Earls of Wilton, shown here is Arthur Edward Holland Grey Egerton, the 3r...
23/09/2021

Continuing with the occasional pictures of the Earls of Wilton, shown here is Arthur Edward Holland Grey Egerton, the 3rd Earl of Wilton, who inherited the title at the age of 48. He died three years later. The fourth Little Book in Tony Dunlop's series 'The Wilton Collection' gives details of his life. The Wilton Collection Little Books are available in the Hall on open days, which resume next April.

Continuing with the occasional pictures of the Earls of Wilton, shown here is Arthur Edward Holland Grey Egerton, the 3rd Earl of Wilton, who inherited the title at the age of 48. He died three years later. The fourth Little Book in Tony Dunlop's series 'The Wilton Collection' gives details of his life. The Wilton Collection Little Books are available in the Hall on open days, which resume next April.

When you come to the Hall this afternoon or tomorrow (open 12 till 4 - no charge)  allow extra time to take a stroll aro...
18/09/2021

When you come to the Hall this afternoon or tomorrow (open 12 till 4 - no charge) allow extra time to take a stroll around the grounds. You might see this gardener with a wheelbarrow struggling uphill! The card is labelled "Woodland Path" and is circa 1925. Tricia.

When you come to the Hall this afternoon or tomorrow (open 12 till 4 - no charge) allow extra time to take a stroll around the grounds. You might see this gardener with a wheelbarrow struggling uphill! The card is labelled "Woodland Path" and is circa 1925. Tricia.

Next weekend is Heritage Weekend and on Saturday and Sunday, 18th and 19th of September, Heaton Hall will be open from 1...
10/09/2021

Next weekend is Heritage Weekend and on Saturday and Sunday, 18th and 19th of September, Heaton Hall will be open from 12 noon until 4pm. It's free, and there is no need to book. A one-way system will be in place and a maximum number allowed in at any one time. I forgot to ask about face-masks, but it would be wise to take one in case they are requested.

It will be nice to see inside the Hall again about such a long time. See you there!

Tricia

Next weekend is Heritage Weekend and on Saturday and Sunday, 18th and 19th of September, Heaton Hall will be open from 12 noon until 4pm. It's free, and there is no need to book. A one-way system will be in place and a maximum number allowed in at any one time. I forgot to ask about face-masks, but it would be wise to take one in case they are requested.

It will be nice to see inside the Hall again about such a long time. See you there!

Tricia

Someone has been in touch to say they found a necklace yesterday in the park with a child's birth details on it.  If you...
09/09/2021

Someone has been in touch to say they found a necklace yesterday in the park with a child's birth details on it. If you have lost such an item, please send us a PM with your e-mail address and we will put you in touch with the finder. Tricia.

Someone has been in touch to say they found a necklace yesterday in the park with a child's birth details on it. If you have lost such an item, please send us a PM with your e-mail address and we will put you in touch with the finder. Tricia.

Recently a mural has appeared near Fairfax Road  in Prestwich. it shows Heaton Hall, the colonnade, the Post office towe...
06/09/2021

Recently a mural has appeared near Fairfax Road in Prestwich. it shows Heaton Hall, the colonnade, the Post office tower and Heaton Park trams quite prominently. It really brightens up the area, and can be seen from the tram if you are travelling towards Manchester.

An interesting "trompe l'oeil" technique was used, with the actual nearby telegraph lines continuing onto the painting of the Metrolink. Ii is by artist Tony Kelzo and is part of Prestwich Arts Festival. Tricia.

Recently a mural has appeared near Fairfax Road in Prestwich. it shows Heaton Hall, the colonnade, the Post office tower and Heaton Park trams quite prominently. It really brightens up the area, and can be seen from the tram if you are travelling towards Manchester.

An interesting "trompe l'oeil" technique was used, with the actual nearby telegraph lines continuing onto the painting of the Metrolink. Ii is by artist Tony Kelzo and is part of Prestwich Arts Festival. Tricia.

Having already posted a pictureof the 2nd Earl, now we step back in time to  see a picture of his grandfather, the 1st E...
29/08/2021

Having already posted a pictureof the 2nd Earl, now we step back in time to see a picture of his grandfather, the 1st Earl, a man of the 18th century. He was born in 1749, inherited his lands and baronetcy in 1756 at the age of seven, and was created Baron Grey de Wilton in 1784, and Earl of Wilton in 1801. He died in 1814. Here you see him in his uniform of Colonel of his own regiment, the Royal Lancashire Volunteers.

Having already posted a pictureof the 2nd Earl, now we step back in time to see a picture of his grandfather, the 1st Earl, a man of the 18th century. He was born in 1749, inherited his lands and baronetcy in 1756 at the age of seven, and was created Baron Grey de Wilton in 1784, and Earl of Wilton in 1801. He died in 1814. Here you see him in his uniform of Colonel of his own regiment, the Royal Lancashire Volunteers.

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The Little Book Club joined the Friends of Heaton Hall at Heaton Park, Prestwich, yesterday for the launch there of the LBC 'WILTON COLLECTION' series of little books about the lives of the Earls of Wilton. Good reception and steady sales made - great start to this joint venture. The next event will be an open weekend at Heaton Hall over the weekend of September 18 and 19th. Four books have been released out of a planned ten - books can be obtained through the David and Elaine Blood
The 'LITTLE BOOK CLUB' (see page) working with the Friends of Heaton Hall is producing a series of little books about the Earls of Wilton - the book about the 3rd Earl has just been released. The first book shows pictures of each of the first seven Earls and gives a details about each man. The books are available from the Friends group. This is the image of the first book ....
The 'LITTLE BOOK CLUB' (see page) working with the Friends of Heaton Hall are producing a series of little books about the Earls of Wilton - the book about the 3rd Earl has just been released. The first book shows pictures of each of the first seven Earls and gives a details about each man. The books are available from the Friends group. This is the image of the first book ....
Many thanks to Jonathan Schofield and the Friends of Heaton Hall for the fantastic guided tour yesterday.
Just been on a tour of the hall with Blue Badge Guide Jonathan Schofield. Great entertainment, with stories of the hall and its occupants. So much history within its walls and moulds of the famous lions stored in an upstairs bedroon!!
Dear Friends of Heaton Hall, A big thank you to Barbara, Val, Colette, Mr and Mrs Blood for coming to help with our front of house for our Magical Storytelling. its been a real treat to be back and we couldn't do it without you. A few tickets left for tomorrow so tell your friends with childrfen. 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm. It may not be sunny but our stories will put a spring in your step. https://www.jumblebee.co.uk/Feelgood2019
Dear Friends of Heaton Hall. It is with great delight I can share these here and also thank you for volunteering as our front of house ushers for both the Story telling and Shakespeare session. We are so happy to be back even thought its a small intimate show it is wonderful to be amongst our friends. This has been made possible by a grant from the WeLoveMCR fund and we are delighted that we have brought some laughter and joy after the covid days.
Just had a lovely hour or so in Heaton Park watching Feelgood Theatre Productions doing various scenes from Shakespeare. Always much better watching a performance than just reading it. A couple of future stars in there I think.
In commemoration of 105 years since the first day of The First Battle Of The Somme here is the story of Arthur Clay, one of 2 men from the parish of St Margarets who initially trained in Heaton Park and died on that first day, 1st July 1916. ARTHUR CLAY was born in Harpurhey in 1878, the son of Daniel and Sarah Clay. The 1881 Census shows Arthur having four sisters and three brothers, Annie, Edith, Mary, Ethel, Samuel, George and James. Arthur enlisted in Pendleton on 31st March 1915, age 36 and living at 112 Simister Lane with his sister Annie and her husband Edward Morgan. He is described as being 5ft 6in, with scars both sides of his neck and a Foreman. Arthur is not the model soldier and has two offences marked on his conduct sheet. On 10th October he gets 7 days confined to barracks for being absent from church parade, and just over 3 weeks later gets 3 days confined to barracks for failing to comply with an order. The battalion embarked for France from Southampton and arrived at Boulogne at 4pm on 8th November 1915, but Arthur’s record does not have him arriving in France until 23rd December. The first mention of battalion casualties is the 11th January around Maricourt. On the first day of The Battle Of The Somme the 16th Battalion attacked Montauban. A detailed account from the battalion war diary is attached. Arthur died that day and is buried at The Dantzig Alley British Cemetery.
In commemoration of 105 years since the first day of The First Battle Of The Somme here is the story of John George Quinn, one of 2 men from the parish of St Margarets who initially trained in Heaton Park and died on that first day, 1st July 1916. JOHN GEORGE QUINN was born on New Years Day 1891 in Douglas, Isle Of Man, the first child to Francis and Sage Quinn. By the 1911 Census they were living at 33 Cromwell Road in Prestwich with John George now just being called George. He is listed as a Clerk at a The Calico Printers Association. The family had grown and now included Francis, Mona, Joyce and John. He had attended Heaton Park County Primary School, where he was a pupil teacher. He later excelled in football and was well known in the Manchester Amateur League. George joined the 17th Battalion of The Manchester Regiment who were one of the battalions that trained in Heaton Park. The battalion left Southampton for France in two waves on the 7th and 8th November 1915. The battalion diary gives daily accounts of the battalion training and marching from town to town towards the front line. It wasn’t until 11th January in the village of Suzanne that the first casualties were recorded of 1 dead, 5 wounded and 6 mules killed following an enemy barrage. On 1st April the battalion strength is noted as 34 officers and 999 ordinary ranks. Bayonet training follows and orders received that the battalion will stay in trenches for 4 days at a time before being relieved. The battalion diary entry for 30th June 1916 notes; ‘’Battalion at Etineham. Final preparations for attack made. The battalion took up its position in assembly trenches south of Cambridge Copse.’’ The battalion receives a detailed 6 page order with the details planned for the attack the next day on the German positions at Montauban, which was to be the first day of The Battle Of The Somme. The battalion diary entry for the 1st July is a simple 1 line statement; ‘’8.30am. The battalion attacked the east of Montauban. Casualties 8 officers and 340 ordinary ranks’’ John George Quinn was one of the 340. He has no grave or burial place and is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial. Attached to the diary is an 8 page detailed account of the first day of the Battle Of The Somme. Here are a few chosen sentences; ‘’The battalion left the assembly trenches in 8 waves towards Montauban’’ ‘’Shrapnel and Machine Gun fire met within 100 yards of trenches’’ ‘’The Commanding Officer (Col Johnson) was hit about 400 yards from the assembly trenches’’ ‘’10am Shelter was taken in trenches and shell holes. Losses were slight at this stage’’ ‘’10.20 am. The first wave entered Montauban. The town was practically deserted and in ruins.’’ ‘’All enemy met surrendered immediately’’ ‘’Hostile machine gun fire was opened on the village immediately on our entry and a bombardment without cessation’’ ‘’Practically no dug-out shelters were available for the men and casualties were heavy. The enemy was making accurate observation of the village and his shooting was extraordinarily good’’ ‘’At 3.15am on the 2nd there was a counter attack.’’
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