Bright future for Haigh Hall

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WIGAN’s most iconic hall may have experienced its final year on Historic England’s Heritage at Risk Register.

Haigh Hall, in School Lane, and its gateway and lodges, in Wigan Lane, are on Historic England’s 2015 at risk list.

The organisation states that the listed Grade II building is slowly decaying, but there are plans to convert it into a hotel, meaning the stately property will be brought back to life.

In terms of the gateway and lodge, Historic England noted: “Slates and flashings are missing, temporary roof covering provided.

“Lack of permanent repair and an end use continues to threaten buildings.”

Penny McGinty, assistant director of leisure and property for Wigan Council, said: “Work has already begun on a £12m masterplan to transform Haigh Woodland Park into an exciting regional tourist attraction.

“Wigan Council is investing £4m in infrastructure improvements to the park which will ultimately reduce the maintenance burden to taxpayers by £8m over the next decade. As part of this, the wonderful Grade II listed building will be sensitively restored into a four-star boutique Contessa Hotel who will invest up to £6m.

“This will not only mean Haigh Hall will be removed from this at risk register but also ensure this historic building is safeguarded so future generations can enjoy it.

“It will also ensure Wigan has one of the most magnificent hotels in the whole of the North West.”

Other building on this year’s at risk list were St Paul’s Church, in Goose Green, and St Catharine’s Church, Lorne Street, Scholes.