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.

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
Amazing Maps

Amazing Maps

Map of Europe: Agario Style

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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.

Manchester City Council has informed us  that toilets, farm centre, golf and bowls will be closed with immediate effect....
24/03/2020

Manchester City Council has informed us that toilets, farm centre, golf and bowls will be closed with immediate effect.

Please make sure you “go“ before taking a walk in the park!

24/03/2020

I have taken the liberty of deleting half a dozen comments relating to the park usage, the facilities and the Covid-19 outbreak. I have never done this before and take sole responsibility for my action. Some comments criticised us, others supported us. The facilities in question were not the responsibility of the Friends. I would like this to remain a friendly local history page, free of controversy. Please help to keep it that way.

The only mention of Covid-19 will be when we relay messages from the Council and Wardens. Tricia.

Manchester City Council
23/03/2020

Manchester City Council

Children's play areas in all of Manchester's parks are closing with immediate effect today (Monday 23 March) to help minimise the spread of coronavirus.

This weekend, parks in Manchester were extremely well-used, but unfortunately some visitors were not following the government's social distancing guidance.

Help us keep parks open by following the guidance, which you can read at http://orlo.uk/nFe36

We'd also encourage you to make use of parks and green spaces in your local area to keep travelling to a minimum. Your nearest park and green space can be found at http://orlo.uk/vHMvs

David Blood, our Chairman, has asked us to publicise this message he has received from Manchester City Council:      "Gr...
22/03/2020

David Blood, our Chairman, has asked us to publicise this message he has received from Manchester City Council: "Great weather and Mother's Day, but we all must follow public health guidance, especially social distancing. This includes parks and open spaces. Help us to keep them open by following the advice."

So maintain an invisible "wall" between yourself and others - try visualising the HaHa In Nicholas Ritchie's picture and don't cross it! Tricia.

Weeks of floods and persistent rain; then having to become reclusive because of corvid-19.  But at least the sun has com...
20/03/2020

Weeks of floods and persistent rain; then having to become reclusive because of corvid-19. But at least the sun has come out at last and the spring flowers are blooming. It is important to keep healthy and to keep exercising, and Heaton Park is a great place to do it - just keep a distance between yourself and other people.

I have  been asked to let you know that the talk with James Lomax on 28th March has been cancelled.  All other activitie...
17/03/2020

I have been asked to let you know that the talk with James Lomax on 28th March has been cancelled. All other activities, including OPEN DAYS, are also cancelled. The Dumfries trip will probably be re-scheduled for September. Events will be re-arranged where possible for later dates. Arrangements for Heritage Weekend in September will be reviewed nearer the time. Letters will be sent out soon and information posted here as and when necessary. Tricia.

A lovely view of the refreshment rooms circa 1906.  If only the weather were like that today - the thought of putting on...
14/03/2020

A lovely view of the refreshment rooms circa 1906. If only the weather were like that today - the thought of putting on a posh frock and sitting on the grass is very appealing! Tricia.

Postcard circa 1916 titled "The Lake and Refreshment House".  There's  a good collection of bikes and a push-chair, and ...
01/03/2020

Postcard circa 1916 titled "The Lake and Refreshment House". There's a good collection of bikes and a push-chair, and to modern eyes everyone seems seriously over-dressed for a summer's day in the park! Tricia.

23/02/2020
John Betjeman's Manchester

Quite a dated film but shows the hall in better days. Click the picture to start the film.

Heaton Hall in Prestwich opens its doors to John Betjeman, poet, broadcaster and architectural expert. "A drive to Heaton Hall in the misty suburbs of Manche...

Hail - rain - wind - my plant-house has blown over - I can't take my guest sight-seeing - but never mind!  This is the k...
22/02/2020

Hail - rain - wind - my plant-house has blown over - I can't take my guest sight-seeing - but never mind! This is the kind of thing we can look forward to - with many thanks once more to Nicholas Ritchie. Tricia.

Here is an engraving of Heaton House as it was once known.  The artist was J. M. Neale and it dates circa 1818-1829.  I'...
13/02/2020

Here is an engraving of Heaton House as it was once known. The artist was J. M. Neale and it dates circa 1818-1829. I've forgotten where I obtained it, unfortunately but I just asked Mr. Google and he found it on Wikimedia, dated 1824. Tricia.

Where in the Hall are these little cherubs to be seen? In two months time they will be on show again - this year's open ...
10/02/2020

Where in the Hall are these little cherubs to be seen? In two months time they will be on show again - this year's open days begin in two months' time, Sunday 5th April.

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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.
I am a member of Bury U3A and belong to one of their Local History Groups. We are hoping to arrange a guided tour around Heaton Hall and understand that you are the person to contact to see if it is possible. Our ideal requirements would be for a visit sometime in August, on a weekday. We normally have around 12-15 members attending this type of event. As our group name suggests we are interested in local history and presume that the Hall will have plenty of that. Normally we would be happy for the tour to last around an hour or so. At this stage perhaps you could indicate if this is feasible in principle and we could then go into greater detail. Regards, Roger Berry mob- 07766 9965983
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