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Photo-a-Day  (Monday, 22nd April, 2024)

Ashfield House, Standish

Ashfield House, Standish
Hosting a Wedding Reception in the Spring Sunshine.
Ashfield House was built on land named Ashfield in 1755 by Felix Leach (Founder of the Crawford business in Wigan), it was enlarged by John Lancaster the then Liberal MP for Wigan.
The House was the home of only three people:
Maskell William Peace, mineral agent for the Earl of Crawford.
John Lancaster, as mentioned.
James Carlton Eckersley JP. Eldest son of Mr Nathaniel Eckersley, formerly Conservative MP for Wigan.

Photo: Colin Traynor  (iPhone)
Views: 691

Comment by: Gordon Ion on 22nd April 2024 at 05:00

Good to see it's still being used for wedding receptions.Where we held ours in 1956

Comment by: Veronica on 22nd April 2024 at 07:33

Looks a great place for a wedding reception.
I think somebody has spied you in the bushes Colin.

Comment by: WN6 on 22nd April 2024 at 07:51

Just a short stroll down Wigan Road from the centre of Standish, the gardens of Ashfield House and the Park itself are always well maintained.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 22nd April 2024 at 08:12

I have never seen Ashfield House before....it looks very nice. Many years ago my daughter worked in "The Ethnic Emporium" in Hallgate , (if anyone remembers it), and the staff had their Christmas meal there one year. Ashley had no-one to go with so took her Dad with her, and poor old Mum missed out!

Comment by: Linma on 22nd April 2024 at 08:27

I worked there when it was Standish Council. I was a shorthand typist in the. clerk’ s department. There was also the Surveyor’s department, public health and finance. Downstairs was the dentist and were women would take their babies. (Barrie would remember all that). We were very lucky to work there in that beautiful house.

Comment by: T.D. on 22nd April 2024 at 08:43

Looks like a pricey venue. Church and traditional do in the Dog and Trumpet seems to be sadly going out of fashion. Stick with me doll money is no object.

Comment by: Ivy green on 22nd April 2024 at 08:43

I can't see any bushes in front of Colin, or anywhere else. Not many people like to be spied on.
After saying that, a beautiful building and grounds. I think the place would need a gardener.
Good photo well taken.

Comment by: Sue on 22nd April 2024 at 08:49

Appley bridge village hall is very nice for Weddings and reception.
You should photograph that place Colin and Dennis when your on your rounds.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 22nd April 2024 at 09:33

Its a attractive looking house & interesting to know the history of it, thanks Colin

Comment by: Veronica on 22nd April 2024 at 09:54

A bit of light hearted banter Ivy green nothing more! Not everything is serious.

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 22nd April 2024 at 10:03

There were some brilliant apple and pear trees just a stone's throw from where you were standing Colin, and they always got a yearly visit. Behind you, the front lawns. These were always like billiard tables and perfect for our weekly FA Cup finals. One eye on the game, the other looking for the little blue Mini Van and ' Parkie ' who would jump out and chase us off. If he did that these days, he'd come back to find his van had been nicked !!

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 22nd April 2024 at 10:12

I came upon this fascinating bit of information regarding John Lancaster which I hope you will find of interest:
Lancaster was the son of John Lancaster of Prestwich, Lancashire. He was engaged in the coal and iron trades and was chairman of the Lancashire Union Railway. He was a JP for Lancashire and a Fellow of the Geological Society.
In 1865 Lancaster stood unsuccessfully for Parliament at Wigan. At the 1868 general election he was elected Member of Parliament for Wigan. He held the seat until 1874.
Lancaster died at the age of 67. The Graphic of Saturday, 26 April 1884 recorded
"Mr. John LANCASTER, formerly M.P., for Wigan, who rose from humble
beginnings to the ownership of the great mines of Nantyglo Blaina,
Monmouthshire. The captain and several of the crew of the 'Alabama',
after its engagement with the 'Kearsarge', off Cherbourg, in 1864, were
rescued by Mr. LANCASTER, who, to save them, exposed his yacht to
the fire of the Federal war-steamer."
This refers to the Battle of Cherbourg in the American Civil War in which the Union sloop USS Kearsarge sank the Confederate raider CSS Alabama. In the aftermath, Lancaster, having observed the battle on his personal steam yacht Deerhound, managed to rescue Captain Raphael Semmes, his officers, and a handful of crewmen; his status as a civilian and a member of Parliament enabled him to spirit the defeated Confederates to safety before they could be captured. The survivors were able to return home, with Semmes quickly returning to active service in the Confederate navy.
In 1841 Lancaster married Euphemia Gibson, daughter of D. Gibson of Renfrewshire.

Comment by: Alan on 22nd April 2024 at 10:13

You wouldn't see any bushes if you direct the camera in front of the bushes or edge rows.
Lovely looking building.

Comment by: Sue on 22nd April 2024 at 10:18

It used to be the school dentist.
What a shame your Ashley had nobody to take to the Christmas do

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