Photo: Ron Hunt
Item #: 1836
If this was still up Standish could be on the tourist map.
I can remeber walking through the fields from John Pit and passing Standish Hall. When you looked through the windows of the black and white bit, the inside had beautiful wooden panelled walls. We used to pick mushrooms in the field at the side of the hall
Situated off Beech Walk, this was the ancestral home of the Standish Family, but they became absentee landlords from about 1825. But when Henry Standish died in 1920, the Standish line ended and his widow, who was French, sold the estate at auction in March 1921 in the Empress Hall, Wigan.
The Hall itself failed to reach its reserve price and was sold privately to an american buyer.
At the auction of the Standish Estate(above), the auctioneer was reported to have said: "I have had a good many country residences to sell, but never one of the same quality as this".