WORK could soon be under way to save one of Wigan’s historical landmarks.
SAVE Britain’s Heritage is calling for local people to support a campaign to raise money for the restoration of Winstanley Hall.
The group is currently in the process of applying to English Heritage for grant money to fund the work after its dilapidated state was brought to their attention by a group of volunteers who run the website ‘savewigan.co.uk’, which aims at preserving Wigan’s natural beauty.
Hoping to get 80 per cent of the total needed, the group is asking them for £217,000 and funding the rest itself.
As a private site, Winstanley Hall fell into disrepair and has been derelict for at least 10 years after owner, Tim Banks, moved out of the property. It is owned by Dorbcrest Homes who were unavailable for comment.
Deputy Director of SAVE Britain’s Heritage, Rhiannon Wicks said: “We need to raise £50,000 in order to save Winstanley Hall from demolition because once it is gone it can never be replaced.
“It is very important for us to preserve the history of this listed building. Work on the hall will hopefully begin well before winter sets in so we’re hoping to have the grant from English Heritage before then.
“English Heritage have been very supportive ever since we put the proposal to them.
“Once restored the building will hopefully be used for holiday lets and there will be work units in the courtyard.
“It’s obviously going to be a challenge but I am confident that we can do this.”
A volunteer from Save Wigan, Andrew Lomax said: “We have been on the radar of Winstanley Hall for quite some time. We brought it to the attention of SAVE Britain’s Heritage to prompt some action and now we have left it to the professionals.”
Yvonne Fovargue MP said: “Winstanley Hall requires significant emergency works and I am backing the fight to save this fine example of Elizabethan architecture. I hope that the fund-raising campaign will receive strong support from across Wigan.”
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