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.
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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.

The small garden in front of the Orangery contains quite a nice granite water trough, now used as a planter.  It is hard...
10/08/2020

The small garden in front of the Orangery contains quite a nice granite water trough, now used as a planter. It is hard up against the low wall by the path and is inscribed ‘’Ladies Humane Education Society – The Gift of EFH 1876’’. The person behind the EFH initials is as yet unknown.

One of the early agitators for the formation of a Ladies Humane Education Society (LHES) was the formidable Lady Angela Burdett-Coutts who wanted the RSPCA to further their educational mission. Lady Angela had also been a rival to the Countess of Wilton for the attention of the Duke of Wellington in the 1840s. Both ladies had corresponded at length and for many years with the Duke, not knowing the other was writing also. According to ‘’Wellington and His Friends’’ authored by the 7th Duke Of Wellington, there are 599 letters surviving between Lady Wilton and the 1st Duke and 842 between the 1st Duke and Lady Burdett-Coutts.

From its earliest mention the RSPCA was averse to the institution of all women groups. They formed a sub-committee of men, who made the rules for a ladies’ society, but with strictly circumscribed functions. The society was formed in 1871 for the purpose of acting, within a 50 mile radius of Manchester, as an auxiliary to the Manchester Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Its secretary, Sarah E Griffin, lived for a while at Holyrood House in Prestwich. The LHES sought to provide water troughs for any animal to use, gave prizes to cabmen, carters and donkey boys for keeping their animals in good condition and also organised educational talks in various towns around Manchester. One such meeting was on Monday 9th November 1874 in the National School in Prestwich and was presided over by the Rev Canon Birch. By the mid 1870s they had provided 11 water troughs, 2 being in Cheetham Hill and one at Agecroft Bridge. The society in Manchester seemed to fizzle out around 1880, and sometime after that, presumably after the sale of the park to Manchester Council, the trough found its way to Heaton Hall.

Thanks to Martin Harper for this research and photos. Tricia.

This card is labelled "Entrance to Heaton Park, Bury Old Road, Manchester".  I like the splendid tram coming towards us....
02/08/2020

This card is labelled "Entrance to Heaton Park, Bury Old Road, Manchester". I like the splendid tram coming towards us. Tricia.

This stunning picture of a peacock was taken by the late Joseph McGarraghy, 5th February 2007.  I liaised with his famil...
23/07/2020

This stunning picture of a peacock was taken by the late Joseph McGarraghy, 5th February 2007. I liaised with his family before posting here. I hope to share more of his wonderful work in the future. Tricia.

Road accidents are not just a product of the motor car age. The 'London Packet or New Lloyd's Evening Post' of 3rd April...
17/07/2020

Road accidents are not just a product of the motor car age. The 'London Packet or New Lloyd's Evening Post' of 3rd April, 1797 reported that, 'Lord Grey de Wilton's carriage was overturned in Palace Yard ..... His Lordship was in the carriage, but providentially received no injury. He was taken out of the window.' Perhaps his pride was injured a little though.

Labelled "The Driveway, Heaton Park", this lovely old card shows the Hall off to the left.  I have no date or further in...
14/07/2020

Labelled "The Driveway, Heaton Park", this lovely old card shows the Hall off to the left. I have no date or further information. Tricia.

With permission, I have copied this from the Old Blackley page.  I wonder does anyone know the date?  There are several ...
07/07/2020

With permission, I have copied this from the Old Blackley page. I wonder does anyone know the date? There are several copies for sale on e-bay, and it also appears on Harry Lauder's website - but nowhere is the year stated. Tricia.

"The eight-sided Smithy Lodge was the first gatehouse to the park, designed in 1806. The name comes from Blacksmiths sho...
30/06/2020

"The eight-sided Smithy Lodge was the first gatehouse to the park, designed in 1806. The name comes from Blacksmiths shops that used to be on Middleton Road outside the park.

The lodge was originally a cottage and has been restored to be luxury self-catering accommodation.

The 3* Grade II Listed lodge has a lounge, spacious kitchen area with dining room table, two twin bedrooms, and bathroom with shower and full size bath."

Photo by Nicholas Ritchie. Tricia.

Lord Wilton owned several mills in the Irk Valley close by to Heaton Hall; Crumpsall Mill, Heaton Mill, Blakeley Mill, L...
28/06/2020

Lord Wilton owned several mills in the Irk Valley close by to Heaton Hall; Crumpsall Mill, Heaton Mill, Blakeley Mill, Little Heaton Mill. These small mills have long since gone, though traces can still be found. An idea of what they might have looked like can be seen by looking at the ruins of mills of similar age and purpose located in the Naden and Cheeseden valleys between Rochdale and Bury. For anyone who enjoys walking in the countryside these are beautiful walking areas (though somewhat muddy in parts).

I found this brilliant photo by Gordon Simpson on Flickr.  Tricia.(and a month later have been told it's Alexandra Park ...
23/06/2020

I found this brilliant photo by Gordon Simpson on Flickr. Tricia.(and a month later have been told it's Alexandra Park - oops!)

A  distant view of the stage/bandstand taken by the late Joseph McGarraghy in 1967.  Tricia.
16/06/2020

A distant view of the stage/bandstand taken by the late Joseph McGarraghy in 1967. Tricia.

Thanks to Nicholas Ritchie for this photo of our socially-distanced lions, showing the beautiful carving above the windo...
13/06/2020

Thanks to Nicholas Ritchie for this photo of our socially-distanced lions, showing the beautiful carving above the windows and the ornamentation of the pillars. Tricia.

A good read is one way of passing time during lockdown.  The autobiography of Henry J. Coke (1827 -1916) reads like a bo...
10/06/2020

A good read is one way of passing time during lockdown. The autobiography of Henry J. Coke (1827 -1916) reads like a boy's adventure story. He was a son of the Earl of Leicester, who, in 1861, married Lady Katherine Grey Egerton, daughter of the Earl of Wilton. His adventures as a young man include an exploration of the wilds of North America, and saw him facing execution in Austria during the revolutions of 1848. His biography, 'Tracks of a Rolling Stone', published 1905, is available to read free as an ebook online, though used copies can be obtained for quite modest sums on eBay or abe books.

Yesterday was 38 years since the Pope visited Heaton Park and said an open-air mass.  I wonder if you were there?  I see...
01/06/2020

Yesterday was 38 years since the Pope visited Heaton Park and said an open-air mass. I wonder if you were there? I seem to recall the owners of what is now a child-care centre on Middleton Road erecting seats on the roof of their bungalow and inviting family and friends to sit there for an uninterrupted view of his arrival...only for the procession to be re-routed at the last minute! Is this fact or a "false memory"? Tricia.

One of our members is seeking information:  “There used to be a building on the site of the original Heaton Golf course ...
27/05/2020

One of our members is seeking information: “There used to be a building on the site of the original Heaton Golf course (lower) car park. This was positioned (see map) upper right next to the old Bowling Greens as shown on photo.

A structure existed there from approx. 1915 where it was described as the "Hot Water Gardens/Refreshment gardens" and was an open shelter. At some time it was either enclosed, or demolished and rebuilt, as it then had a new purpose as a cafeteria. In the 2nd World War it was used as an additional refreshment facility for the RAF men and was noted to have "beautiful murals painted on its walls".

According to old maps it was probably demolished between 1968 and 1971 and the footprint of the site then became a car park.

The Friends group doesn’t have an image of this building or much information and this area has now disappeared with the Heritage Lottery landscaping, so if anybody has a picture or information about this, it would be really appreciated.” Tricia.

Anybody lost a monkey?  He's cute, and lonely, with no way to get home unless someone comes for him... Tricia.
24/05/2020

Anybody lost a monkey? He's cute, and lonely, with no way to get home unless someone comes for him... Tricia.

This little fella found at the Somme memorial today, left him sheltering under a sign 🐒

A photo taken by the late Joseph McGarraghy, showing the bandstand in 1967.     Tricia.
22/05/2020

A photo taken by the late Joseph McGarraghy, showing the bandstand in 1967. Tricia.

One of our Followers had asked the following question: "Hi, I visit the park at least once a week and wondered if you kn...
17/05/2020

One of our Followers had asked the following question: "Hi, I visit the park at least once a week and wondered if you know where the oldest trees are in the park and if possible, how old the trees are? I have seen some fantastic trees as I have come out from the tunnel in the rose garden heading towards the football pitches and wondered if they were the oldest? I saw two tree creepers on one tree today which made my day. Thank you" I'm afraid I don't know the answer - can anyone help? The trees in this postcard circa 1910 must be pretty old if they are still standing, and if anyone knows where they are! Tricia.

More gorgeous pictures from Antonio.  Tricia.
13/05/2020

More gorgeous pictures from Antonio. Tricia.

Another stroll, camera set to vivid colour !

On the anniversary of VE Day, it seems appropriate to give a little information about the Hall and Park during war-time....
08/05/2020

On the anniversary of VE Day, it seems appropriate to give a little information about the Hall and Park during war-time.

During WW2, Heaton Hall was used (1941-1945) as the staff headquarters for the RAF. Amongst the 133,516 cadets stationed in the Park were Tony Benn (politician), James Herriott (author), Richard Attenborough, Robert Hardy and Frank Thornton (actors).

The Park was bombed twice, in 1940 and again in 1941. Also, the cellars of the Hall were used for the safe-keeping of Manchester Town Hall’s collection of silver plate and crystal, believed to be worth (at the time) £35,000.

If you have any memories of those times, or stories passed down from your parents etc., do share them below. Tricia.

Thanks to Antonio for these wonderful images.  Tricia.
07/05/2020

Thanks to Antonio for these wonderful images. Tricia.

Beautiful pictures - thank you.  Tricia.
07/05/2020

Beautiful pictures - thank you. Tricia.

05/05/2020

I have now revealed the answers- check how well you did and award yourself a biscuit if you got 12 or more. Tricia.

I've asked if the answers will be supplied in due course - if they are, I'll let you have them.  Tricia.P. S.  Blimey - ...
04/05/2020

I've asked if the answers will be supplied in due course - if they are, I'll let you have them. Tricia.

P. S. Blimey - that was quick! Within seconds they sent the answer sheet through as a comment below, but so you don't cheat, I've Hidden it for the time being.

Quiz time! The archivists have picked out a few questions from their wonderful knowledge (let's hope they're correct!) for you to answer at home. Good luck, it's just for fun so no prizes, just archives gold! Manchester Libraries Manchester Past Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society

The West Wing; part of which was regularly used for brewing beer.  For more infomation about this see our web page heato...
30/04/2020

The West Wing; part of which was regularly used for brewing beer. For more infomation about this see our web page heatonhall.wordpress.com

"Mr. Page, game and deer-keeper, 1899".  I found a copy of this postcard on display in manchester art Gallery.  The labe...
29/04/2020

"Mr. Page, game and deer-keeper, 1899". I found a copy of this postcard on display in manchester art Gallery. The label said "This picture is the best-known example taken of the Egertons' servants, because it was published as a postcard. It is likely that other images of staff still exist, but apart from those contained in this exhibition, we are not aware of them." Sadly, I don't know what the topic of the exhibition was, nor when it was held. Tricia.

Thank you, Antonio.  Tricia.
25/04/2020

Thank you, Antonio. Tricia.

Lovely tree sculpture in the Park.

Today’s Town Hall was not the first such building in Manchester.  The administration of the city was once carried out at...
24/04/2020

Today’s Town Hall was not the first such building in Manchester. The administration of the city was once carried out at a Police Office on King Street. Later, in 1822, work began to construct a dedicated Town Hall on the corner of King Street and Cross Street. It was designed by Francis Goodwin in Grecian style with a colonnaded façade.
As business boomed and the city expanded, the building became too small and in 1877 the Council moved into the Town Hall we know today. The old building became a library, and was later demolished. Middleton architect Edgar Wood was among those who campaigned to save the façade of the building, which was eventually demolished and rebuilt in Heaton Park.
This information was adapted from “manchesterhistory.net” and Nicholas Ritchie took the photo. Tricia.

Antonio
18/04/2020

Antonio

Walk around Heaton Park lake.

A lovely image with a slope of flowers in the foregroundd.  Circa 1928.  Tricia.
15/04/2020

A lovely image with a slope of flowers in the foregroundd. Circa 1928. Tricia.

I think the words in the original post say it all.
10/04/2020

I think the words in the original post say it all.

Heaton Park was lucky enough to join the “Light it Blue” campaign across the city tonight.
Heaton Hall, along with other buildings in the city was bathed in blue light to recognise the effort of key workers, NHS staff and all the other amazing people still heading out every day to do all the essential work needed to battle Covid-19 and keep the people of Manchester safe and healthy.
Special thanks go to Stephen Page from DBN Audile for donating the fabulous Lighting @dbnAudile #lighting, Pete Collins from our astronomy group for the fantastic photo’s @diamondskies99 #photography, and last but not least Andy Buckley from FastHire UK for the donation of the generator to power it all. @FastHireUK #generator.

Thanks to Nicholas Ritchie for this lovely sunny view of the park - Happy Easter to all our readers.  Tricia.
10/04/2020

Thanks to Nicholas Ritchie for this lovely sunny view of the park - Happy Easter to all our readers. Tricia.

Is that a large puddle?  Or the remains of snow?  It's hard to tell.  I have no date for this picture.  Tricia.
03/04/2020

Is that a large puddle? Or the remains of snow? It's hard to tell. I have no date for this picture. Tricia.

28/03/2020
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Chimneys.  How often do we notice them?  These were not original to the Hall, but were later additions in the time of th...
26/03/2020

Chimneys. How often do we notice them? These were not original to the Hall, but were later additions in the time of the second earl.

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Another stroll, camera set to vivid colour !
yesterday strolling in the Park, different views of Hall.
Lovely tree sculpture in the Park.
Walk around Heaton Park lake.
Hi, could you tell me which is the nearest entrance (car park) to get to Heaton Hall?
Could you tell me the next open day for the hall? Thank you
Another lovely sunny morning in this beautiful part of the world. I’m only 4 miles from the hustle and bustle of Manchester City Centre and it feels, smells, sounds idilic, high up , middle of nowhere in your dreams.