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.

Well done to one of our fellow user groups.
04/06/2019

Well done to one of our fellow user groups.

👑 N E W S J U S T I N ! 👑

A HUGE congratulations to our wonderful Manchester Beekeeper’s today as it’s announced they’ve been awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS)!

QAVS is awarded to volunteering groups who provide a social, economic or environmental service to the local community and its standing within the community.

True recognition for the amazing work they do! 🎉

To find out more, visit their website
www.mdbka.com/queens-award-for-voluntary-service/

I love the costumes in this picture - particularly the parasol.  Tricia.
28/05/2019

I love the costumes in this picture - particularly the parasol. Tricia.

A selection of the carved decorations in natural stone that can be seen on the exterior of Heaton Hall.
25/05/2019

A selection of the carved decorations in natural stone that can be seen on the exterior of Heaton Hall.

A couple of weeks back, Heather Gough wrote to the MEN asking about Acre Top Farm off Victoria Avenue.  Many readers, in...
19/05/2019

A couple of weeks back, Heather Gough wrote to the MEN asking about Acre Top Farm off Victoria Avenue. Many readers, including me, told her what they knew of the place. Below is a summary of what she has learned about her ancestors. If anyone reading this has information or pictures about the folk of Acre Top, please let me know in a comment or a private message. Someone has sent her a copy of "Down Hollow Lane" and I have told her about the Manchester Local Images collection. Tricia.

"My Great-Grandparents William and Jane Ann Smith lived at 50 Langley Lane, Middleton. William was a Blacksmith. They had 2 daughters, Emily (my grandmother) born June 1912 and Alice born 1906. My Grandmother married John Martin in 1934 at Birch in Hopwood, Middleton.

Grandad worked at Acre Top Farm at the time of his marriage. He was originally from Staffordshire and we don’t know how he came to be working there.

In 1911 they lived at 34 Faulkner Street Blackley.

My grandmother was born 1912 in Harpurhey.

In 1934 Emily married from 50 Langley Lane, Middleton.

In 1939 William and Jane lived at 50 Langley Lane, Middleton." Heather Gough

An interesting way to spend next Friday evening - so much healthier than going down the pub!  NB You need to book your p...
17/05/2019

An interesting way to spend next Friday evening - so much healthier than going down the pub! NB You need to book your place. Tricia.

Farthinghoe in Northamptonshire, one of the estates owned by the Egertons of Heaton.  To read more go to our website at ...
16/05/2019

Farthinghoe in Northamptonshire, one of the estates owned by the Egertons of Heaton. To read more go to our website at heatonhall.wordpress.com

A lesson in tax avoidance. In the 18th century one government imposed a window tax, so what did people do? They bricked ...
15/05/2019

A lesson in tax avoidance. In the 18th century one government imposed a window tax, so what did people do? They bricked up any that they could do without. Here is the stable block reducing the tax burden.

A large group of us thoroughly enjoyed Lavinia Tod's talk last Saturday morning about the Tudor origins of words we use ...
14/05/2019

A large group of us thoroughly enjoyed Lavinia Tod's talk last Saturday morning about the Tudor origins of words we use every day. We savoured "a square meal" (well, tea and a biscuit actually, but a very nice biscuit!), whilst planning how to twist our friends "round our little finger" and deciding to go "off the beaten track" when enjoying our summer holidays. Last year we spent a pleasant afternoon in Lavinia's garden, and she is having an "open garden" event this year on June 15th. Tricia.

14/05/2019

I've just been fined for parking in a Disabled space near the children's playground. I didn't see the ticket tucked down very low under my wiper until I got home. Next morning at 8.00am, full of righteous indignation, I returned to the park to take photos and argue my case. I was CERTAIN I was innocent! I wasn't, so beware if using the parking near the children's playground. A few spaces are clearly marked in the traditional way, with diagonal lines between the bays and a stickman in a wheelchair painted on the ground. I saw those and avoided them, turning into what appeared to be a normal bay. I now know that that whole row of seven or eight bays is for the Disabled. The words "Disabled Parking" are painted along the three central bays, but if people are standing around sorting out their bags and dogs, you won't see the letters. And in the central bay there is a laminated paper, maybe A3 or A4 size, saying Disabled Parking, fixed to the wooden dividers at ground level.. Once that bay is taken, the sign is hidden. There are several rows like this. I rarely use that parking area so I don't know how long the bays have been so designated, but I hope they put clear, traditional marking in very soon. Tricia.

This beautiful photo was added as a comment below, but I felt it deserved a better position.  It's a glorious view, part...
10/05/2019

This beautiful photo was added as a comment below, but I felt it deserved a better position. It's a glorious view, particularly so as at present there is a torrential downpour and grey skies. Thank you, Anthony. Tricia.

Engraved by John Smith from a drawing by W.M. Craig - for "The Beauties of England and Wales".  "The Beauties of England...
09/05/2019

Engraved by John Smith from a drawing by W.M. Craig - for "The Beauties of England and Wales".
"The Beauties of England and Wales" (1801–1815) is a series of books describing the topography and local history of England and Wales. Produced by a variety of London publishers, the work appeared in 18 multi-part volumes arranged by county, individually authored by John Bigland, Edward Wedlake Brayley, J. Norris Brewer, John Britton, John Evans, John Hodgson, Francis Charles Laird, Joseph Nightingale, Thomas Rees, and Frederic Shoberl. Each volume contained engraved illustrations by artists such as Thomas Hearne, J. M. W. Turner, John Varley and Benjamin West. (Readers included Charles Dickens, according to Wikipedia! I wonder how they know? Did he leave behind a list of books he had read?) Tricia.

06/05/2019

For all those interested in local history - there is a guided walk on Tuesday 14th led by Martin Gittins. He did two walks last summer, and this is a repeat of the second one, so if you missed it you have another chance. Refreshments in the Cleveland afterwards. Hope to see some of you there...... Tricia.

With the recent staging of the Grand National, it’s time to remember that the origins of the race are in the Heaton Park...
28/04/2019

With the recent staging of the Grand National, it’s time to remember that the origins of the race are in the Heaton Park Races that ran from 1827 to 1838. They were subsequently transferred to Aintree and became the basis of the first Grand National in 1839. Captain Martin Becher, of Becher’s Brook fame, rode at Heaton from 1835 to the last races in 1838. In the first ‘Grand National’ of 1839 at Aintree, Captain Becher fell off his horse ‘Conrad’ and took refuge in the brook to avoid injury – the fence now bears his name. Captain Becher twice won the prestigious Heaton Gold Cup, in 1837 on Mr Briskham’s ‘Cowboy’ and in 1838 on Lord Wilton’s ‘Jagger’. He was also in the 1835 race that resulted in a duel between Squire Osbaldeston and Lord George Bentinck. Halley’s comet was visible during the nights of the 1835 meeting. There are plates that now cover the present day Becher's Brook, which is on the 'other side' of the fence and which, despite alterations over the years, is still somewhat of a challenge. Tricia.

Copy of a postcard labelled "Heaton Park Camp - 1st & 2nd City Battalions Manchester "PALS" Regiment.  1914"  Tricia.
23/04/2019

Copy of a postcard labelled "Heaton Park Camp - 1st & 2nd City Battalions Manchester "PALS" Regiment. 1914" Tricia.

Through the stables entrance and onwards to Heaton Hall; that's the way to go this coming Sunday, 14th April, if you wan...
08/04/2019

Through the stables entrance and onwards to Heaton Hall; that's the way to go this coming Sunday, 14th April, if you want to look round the Hall on the first open day of the year. Entry starts at 12 noon and the Hall stays open until 4pm.

One of our fellow groups in the park.
31/03/2019

One of our fellow groups in the park.

🚃 S E A S O N S T A R T - U P ! 🚃

Join the Heaton Park Tramway team on Sunday 7 April from 11am - 5pm for the commencement of the Tramway season!

There’ll be lots going on for the entire family - the museum is open, tram rides will be available and the team will be on hand to answer any questions!

Don’t miss it! 😍

This footpath leads towards "Old Ned"  in the area by the Dell.  Old Ned was a shelter housing a steam engine to pump fr...
28/03/2019

This footpath leads towards "Old Ned" in the area by the Dell. Old Ned was a shelter housing a steam engine to pump fresh spring water up to the hall. It has been replaced several times and today is useful on rainy days. The postcard is one of many produced by Mr. Reaney at Heaton Park post office. Tricia.

In one or two places around the Hall there are little scrapes like this, revealing the different layers of paint that ha...
19/03/2019

In one or two places around the Hall there are little scrapes like this, revealing the different layers of paint that have been applied during the Hall's history, right down to bare plaster. They are small and unobtrusive but reveal what the original colour scheme was.

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away called Heaton Park, a famous French chef worked at Heaton Hall for the 2nd Ear...
13/03/2019

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away called Heaton Park, a famous French chef worked at Heaton Hall for the 2nd Earl of Wilton. His name was Monsieur Louis Rotival and he was born c. 1806. He's mentioned in a book written in 1835 as being employed by Lord Wilton, and according to census records, newspapers etc. he worked at Heaton Hall from around 1840 to 1852. In 1835, on 25th March, he married Julienne van Buggenhout at All Souls Church, St. Marylebone.

There was also an Augustus Rotival, age 25. Might he have been a relation? In the 1841 census Augustus was a Cook for the Earl and Countess of Sandwich in Dover Street, Mayfair.

James Lomax, in a Heaton Hall guide book, cites Louis as “the best chef in England”! Does anyone out there have any information about Louis or Augustus? We’d love to know more. Tricia.

Grand Lodge, built to a design by Lewis Wyatt.  Lewis was the nephew of James and Samuel Wyatt.  James was the architect...
08/03/2019

Grand Lodge, built to a design by Lewis Wyatt. Lewis was the nephew of James and Samuel Wyatt. James was the architect who designed Heaton Hall; his elder brother Samuel acted as Clerk of Works while the Hall was being built, and designed the music room and the stables. Nephew Lewis served as apprentice to both before setting up as an architect himself.

Last week I attended the unveiling of a plaque near the Church Inn in memory of the late Ian Pringle, whom I'm sure many...
03/03/2019

Last week I attended the unveiling of a plaque near the Church Inn in memory of the late Ian Pringle, whom I'm sure many of you knew. This is the report from the Prestwich and Whitefield Heritage Society's Page. Tricia.

Pringle Walk
The old path around the church defining the ancient oval churchyard, historically known as ‘The Bunks’, has been renamed ‘Pringle Walk’ in honour of our former Chairman. As you know Ian was a tireless campaigner on Heritage issues and an extremely knowledgeable Local Historian. The Mayor of Bury, Cr. Jane Black, officially opened the Walk on Tuesday 26th February. The event was attended by a large number of Ian’s friends who gathered in the Church Inn afterwards.

The wording on the Plaque …
‘Pringle Walk is named after the local historian Ian Pringle (1950-2018). Ian’s knowledge and passion about the history of Prestwich, St. Mary’s Church, Heaton Park and Philips Park, Whitefield, and his books were the result of lifelong study. Ian’s efforts laid a legacy for Prestwich Clough, the flower park and the St. Mary’s and Poppythorn conservation areas, for which residents will always be indebted. Ian took photographs of Prestwich throughout his life and these captured permanently that has now disappeared. His archive of local history materials held at Chetham’s Library, Manchester. This walk next to the church he so admired and a landscape he loved, is named as a fitting memorial to him.’

Pictures …
1. The attractive blue plaque.
2. The Mayor, Amanda and David Stanley at the opening ceremony.

It is only when out walking that we notice the milestones that still exist on many of our roads.  When Lord Wilton exten...
28/02/2019

It is only when out walking that we notice the milestones that still exist on many of our roads. When Lord Wilton extended the park about 1801 and diverted Middleton Road to its present alignment, the new section he had built went from near Smithy Lodge to 'the three mile stone' at Bowker Bank. I've searched to see if it still exists, but never found it. Has anyone ever seen it, or did it disappear too long ago? (Presumably the 'three miles' referred to the distance from Manchester.)

A good view of a very busy boating lake circa 1919.  Tricia.
21/02/2019

A good view of a very busy boating lake circa 1919. Tricia.

Blue skies over Heaton.  At dull times like this it's good to know that spring is not too far away.
10/02/2019

Blue skies over Heaton. At dull times like this it's good to know that spring is not too far away.

Friends of Crumpsall Park
05/02/2019

Friends of Crumpsall Park

Our AGM will be held on Wednesday 13th Feb at 6.30pm. Everyone's welcome, so please do come along to meet/join our group & share your ideas.

04/02/2019

Memorial to the late Ian Pringle.
A plaque will be placed on the gate of the alleyway between St. Mary's Church and the Rectory opposite to the Church Inn on Church Lane, Prestwich. It will be unveiled by the Mayor of Bury at 2pm on the 26th February, which would have been Ian's 69th birthday. All are welcome.

02/02/2019

Correction. Wednesday 6.30 BBC 2 for Michael Portillo at Heaton Park.

02/02/2019

Tuesday 6.30pm BBC2. Michael Portillo visits Heaton Park (Great British Railways)

When Lord Wilton visited the Vatican Museum in 1785 he described two sculptures, Laocoon and his Sons, and the Apollo of...
30/01/2019

When Lord Wilton visited the Vatican Museum in 1785 he described two sculptures, Laocoon and his Sons, and the Apollo of Belvedere, as far exceeding 'everything else in the collection. To sound the praise and merit of the artists is more than I can pretend to, nor can I say how much I admire them.' He himself was an archer, and had this portrait of himself painted in the guise of the Apollo Belvedere. Notice Heaton Hall in the background. You may remember this picture in the entrance hall until recently.

A good view of the front face of the Hall, in the days when there were still flowers and shrubs  where today all is gras...
25/01/2019

A good view of the front face of the Hall, in the days when there were still flowers and shrubs where today all is grass. I have no date for this image. Tricia.

Friends of Crumpsall Park
25/01/2019

Friends of Crumpsall Park

It's nearly AGM time! Come along to our AGM on Wednesday 13th Feb to share your ideas for the park, find out about our work, or join our committee! Everyone's welcome. :-)

Grate news! Or rather, news about grates. As these pictures show there is quite a variety of fire grates in the rooms in...
16/01/2019

Grate news! Or rather, news about grates. As these pictures show there is quite a variety of fire grates in the rooms in Heaton Hall. We often pass through and don't notice little features such as these. When you next pass through the Hall see if you can pick out which is which. Your next chance will be in April when the new season of open days begins.

This was sold to me on e-bay as being in Heaton Park.  On receipt, I found there was nothing front or back to confirm th...
15/01/2019

This was sold to me on e-bay as being in Heaton Park. On receipt, I found there was nothing front or back to confirm that. There is no publisher; no title, and no postmark. All I have are two notes in pencil in different hand-writings. One says "SUFFRAGETTES?" and the other says "Heaton Park". Anyone recognise the picture? Or the faces? If they are suffragettes, perhaps the same woman/women have appeared in other pictures? Or have I been had - again?! Tricia.

Thanks to Colette for sending me this information. "Theatre Royal Drury Lane is London's oldest theatre and was designed...
08/01/2019

Thanks to Colette for sending me this information.

"Theatre Royal Drury Lane is London's oldest theatre and was designed by Benjamin Dean Wyatt (1775–1852), the son of Heaton Hall's architect James Wyatt. The mother of the 2nd Countess of Wilton, the actress Eliza Farren (1759 – 1829) was also a celebrated star there for 20 years before her marriage to the 12th Earl of Derby.

At this theatre they famously have a longstanding custom concerning "Twelfth Cake", a medieval tradition that is the origin of our contemporary Christmas Cake. Originally part of the feast of Epiphany, the cake was baked with a bean inside and whoever got the slice with the bean was crowned King of Misrule. The Baddeley Cake is the last surviving example of this ancient custom of the Twelfth Cake and – appropriately enough – owes its name to Robert Baddeley, a pastry chef who became a famous actor, and left a three pound annuity legacy to the Drury Lane Fund to “provide cake and wine for the performers in the green room of Drury Lane Theatre on Twelfth Night.” "

In recent times the cake has been decorated to match the current show. In 2018 that was 42nd Street. Tricia

Browsing online for something seasonal to post here, I came across this photo taken in Bolton in 1986.  It has absolutel...
29/12/2018

Browsing online for something seasonal to post here, I came across this photo taken in Bolton in 1986. It has absolutely nothing to do with Heaton Park, but it made me laugh. I hope it will amuse you, too. Happy New Year - and let's hope we don't get any snow! Tricia.

Happy Christmas to all our readers, from me and from this busy Litter Bug who will be working hard over Christmas keepin...
22/12/2018

Happy Christmas to all our readers, from me and from this busy Litter Bug who will be working hard over Christmas keeping the children's play area tidy - no turkey for him, poor thing. Tricia.

Feelgood Theatre Company are giving a Christmas performance in Heaton Hall again.
13/12/2018

Feelgood Theatre Company are giving a Christmas performance in Heaton Hall again.

Memorial to the Duke of Bridgewater, the National Trust Ashridge Estate in the Chilterns.  To read a full article go to ...
07/12/2018

Memorial to the Duke of Bridgewater, the National Trust Ashridge Estate in the Chilterns. To read a full article go to our webpage, heatonhall.wordpress.com

Some plants are so impatient....these daffodils didn't seem aware that it was only the 26th November and Spring was seve...
05/12/2018

Some plants are so impatient....these daffodils didn't seem aware that it was only the 26th November and Spring was several months away! Tricia.

I visited the Somme memorial yesterday with a friend - wonderful pictures on it.  Tricia
27/11/2018

I visited the Somme memorial yesterday with a friend - wonderful pictures on it. Tricia

Lions from above.
22/11/2018

Lions from above.

Feelgood Theatre Productions was proud to lead the Armistice Day event in Heaton Park on on 11th November. This event be...
19/11/2018

Feelgood Theatre Productions was proud to lead the Armistice Day event in Heaton Park on on 11th November. This event began 3 years ago to commemorate all good men and women who work for peace.
The Company said: “A hundred years on from the end of the First World War it is fitting that we remember; but crucially to continue to work for non-violent conflict resolution. Our tribute to those who died and those who still suffer through visible or invisible wounds of war is to promise them not to take up arms and resolve conflict differently. Buying a poppy is not compulsory working towards a peaceful society is - then we will honour their sacrifice.”
Tricia.

"Love Springwater ParkJoin us for a community celebration of Springwater ParkSunday 18 November 2018Between 2.30pm and 5...
17/11/2018

"Love Springwater Park
Join us for a community celebration of Springwater Park
Sunday 18 November 2018
Between 2.30pm and 5pm
The Elms Community Centre, Green Lane, Whitefield
• Learn more about the park’s history including a display of photographs, a treasure trove of historic finds from the park, short talks on its history and industrial heritage, historic maps, aerial photographs.
• Share your own memories in our reminiscences corner
• Look at interesting artwork inspired by the park by local artists
• Children’s craft activities
• Displays by Bury Volunteer Rangers, Lancashire Wildlife Trust and
Incredible Edible.
Free entry
Raffle
Refreshments
ALL WELCOME!"

Tricia.

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