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.

Operating as usual

08/11/2020
Remembering

No large gatherings allowed at Remembrance Day this year due to covid restrictions. Here is a clip from the Somme Commemoration Concert held in Heaton Park in 2016. I'm sure sure many of you will have been there.

Thanks to Nicholas Ritchie for this image.  It shows a structure known as "Old Ned" and it has been rebuilt more than on...
03/11/2020

Thanks to Nicholas Ritchie for this image. It shows a structure known as "Old Ned" and it has been rebuilt more than once. it is located near the Dell and was originally a shelter housing a steam engine to pump fresh spring water up to the Hall. With the weather we have had recently, it provides useful shelter! Tricia.

Lovely autumn colours in Heaton Park yesterday (until the rain arrived). It is easy to forget that the generations that ...
29/10/2020

Lovely autumn colours in Heaton Park yesterday (until the rain arrived). It is easy to forget that the generations that planted these trees never got to see them mature and create the scenes we now enjoy; they planted for the future.

Card labelled "General View, Heaton Park".  I don't know where this was taken from - maybe the golf course as there seem...
25/10/2020

Card labelled "General View, Heaton Park". I don't know where this was taken from - maybe the golf course as there seems to be a lake? The strip bottom right looks like a stream, but must surely be a path. Tricia.

The 1st Earl of Wilton in the uniform of colonel of the Royal Lancashire Volunteers, the regiment he founded.  To see mo...
18/10/2020

The 1st Earl of Wilton in the uniform of colonel of the Royal Lancashire Volunteers, the regiment he founded. To see more about the role of Heaton Hall in military matters go to heatonhall.wordpress.com

Heaton Park & Hall
17/10/2020

Heaton Park & Hall

This year our parks have been crucial to supporting us. 🌳

Congrats to all our volunteers, colleagues & supporters on the #GreenFlagAward2020 for Alexandra Park and Heaton Park.

We’re showing our support on Chorlton Lodge and Heaton Hall. #GoGreenForParks 💚

A lovely picture of our Hall from a slightly unusual angle.  Thanks to Gordon Simpson for this.  Some of you may have se...
16/10/2020

A lovely picture of our Hall from a slightly unusual angle. Thanks to Gordon Simpson for this. Some of you may have seen one of his pictures in today's MEN, and a lovely one of fungi earlier in the week. Well done, Gordon. Tricia.

Remains of the open air swimming pool after the worst of the plant growth had been cleared.  I think much of that has no...
10/10/2020

Remains of the open air swimming pool after the worst of the plant growth had been cleared. I think much of that has now grown back since it was last cleared.

Antonio
06/10/2020

Antonio

A lovely Labrador fetching a stick in the lake today called Willow!

01/10/2020

We've received this message from Shannon Brady. If anyone wishes to join in, her details are at the end. Tricia.

"Morning! I work for City of Trees, an environmental charity with a focus on tree planting based in Salford. We have National Tree Week coming up in November and i'm working on some content for this. One of the themes is Greater Manchester parks so i'm trying to find out what different parks mean to different people. I can see you're active in the promotion and preservation of the house but would any of your members be interested in providing a brief quote about why the park as a whole is meaningful to them? It would only need to be a couple of sentences, for example, 'I love Heaton Park because of its history and value to the community'.
Any input would be greatly appreciated. You can let me know via messenger or email me at [email protected]

Thanks!""

I always wish that today's parks had the wonderful flowerbeds I used to enjoy so much.  As wages and costs have risen, s...
27/09/2020

I always wish that today's parks had the wonderful flowerbeds I used to enjoy so much. As wages and costs have risen, so many economies have been made and today most parks are just grass, except in the Spring when massive swathes of bulbs come up. This postcard is from 1908. Tricia.

More from the west wing: above, where the floor is missing, were the servants' bedrooms.  In the centre is the opening w...
19/09/2020

More from the west wing: above, where the floor is missing, were the servants' bedrooms. In the centre is the opening where a small fireplace would have been. Notice the thickness of the old beam that is still in place.

Another lovely picture by Nicholas Ritchie - this time of the Dower House.  Tricia.
12/09/2020

Another lovely picture by Nicholas Ritchie - this time of the Dower House. Tricia.

Behind the scenes in Heaton Hall; the 18th century kitchen, with its huge fireplace where cooking would have been done. ...
05/09/2020

Behind the scenes in Heaton Hall; the 18th century kitchen, with its huge fireplace where cooking would have been done. The floor level is lower than the land outside; lots of windows to give plenty of light, but too high for the kitchen staff to see outside and be distracted from their work.

Behind the scenes in Heaton Hall; the servants' staircase in the west wing.  This enabled domestic staff to access the t...
31/08/2020

Behind the scenes in Heaton Hall; the servants' staircase in the west wing. This enabled domestic staff to access the top floor rooms without having to use the main staircase. Looks like there might have been a stairs carpet once - not for the servants' comfort I think, more to keep the noise down.

This colour postcard or the gardens dates from 1908.  viewed full screen, the lady to the right seems to have another ga...
27/08/2020

This colour postcard or the gardens dates from 1908. viewed full screen, the lady to the right seems to have another garden on her hat! Tricia.

Underground at Heaton.  The cellars cover almost as much area as the house above.  Once all the foodstuffs for the famil...
23/08/2020

Underground at Heaton. The cellars cover almost as much area as the house above. Once all the foodstuffs for the family and a host of domestic servants would have been stored here. No wonder the rat-catcher's visit was a regular occurrence.

One of our lions taken from an unusual angle.  Thanks to Steve, who used to go on the monthly Photo Walks, for this imag...
16/08/2020

One of our lions taken from an unusual angle. Thanks to Steve, who used to go on the monthly Photo Walks, for this image. Tricia.

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.

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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.