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Photo-a-Day  (Friday, 28th February, 2014)

Mariebonne House

Mariebonne House
Mariebonne House, on Marylebone, Wigan Lane. Can any verify that this building was also known as The Marie-Bonne? The Marie-Bonne was one of the houses Lord & Lady Crawford made available in WW1 as a Red Cross Auxiliary Hospital. It was known as Woodlands No. 2. The Wigan street map seems to mark this as The Mariebonne, but the plate on the front door says Mariebonne House.

Photo: Rev David Long  (Sony SLT-A65V)
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Comment by: Lizzie down under on 28th February 2014 at 11:24

Lovely Rev. David ....don't think I ever passed this house so nice to see....cheers!!!

Comment by: KB on 28th February 2014 at 11:30

Looking through the census images from 1871 to 1891 there are various spellings. Marie le Bonne Marielebone Marielebonne and Marylebone. The images are the original handwritten entries and often difficult to decipher.

Comment by: Colin Barnes on 28th February 2014 at 11:51

Very Good photo,This is pure Wigan history and has a tale to tell i love photo's like this ,Well Done.

Comment by: ann21 on 28th February 2014 at 16:32

Lizzie, I think this is opposite to where you used to live at Mere Oaks.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 28th February 2014 at 20:24

ann21 - just a bit further down the road - it's between the Cherry Gardens and the Plantation Gates on Wigan Lane.
Lizzie - it's a bit intimidating approaching this house on foot, so I don't expect you'll have seen it.
As you say, Colin, it is part of Wigan's history, but I'm having difficulty finding old photographs of it and The Woodlands.

Comment by: Lizzie down under on 28th February 2014 at 20:44

Thank you Ann and Rev David for the info....it is all so long ago...I have just passed the 50 years in Australia milestone.....cheers!!!!

Comment by: Art on 1st March 2014 at 00:48

On one side of the road, the name is Marylebone.
On the other side, which was once a shop, it says Mariebonne ...Take yer pick..;o)

Comment by: linma on 2nd March 2014 at 07:04

Did it used to be a private maternity hospital in the 60's?

Comment by: linma on 2nd March 2014 at 17:21

Sorry, I mean't the 40's.

Comment by: Tom Melling on 1st February 2018 at 18:56

My grandmother was a VAD nurse here in WW1. Thank you so much for the photo.

Comment by: kate on 5th June 2018 at 23:10

This is Mariebonne House . Yes it WAS built as the dower house to the Earl of Crawford. My mum grew up here and I remember it as a small child. Very intimidating building for a kid! Strange to see this photo!

Comment by: Alan Taberner on 24th July 2018 at 19:37

Tom, what was your grandmothers name when she was a VAD?

Comment by: Tom Melling on 13th October 2018 at 00:09

Hi Alan. My grandmother's name was Mary Gregory Johnson.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 21st November 2018 at 16:27

Tom - had you found her details on the Red Cross site?
Although the house seems to have had connections with the Earl of Crawford, it was actually Mrs ffarington of Worden Hall who put it at the disposal of the Red Cross in WW1.

Comment by: Colin Campbell davies on 30th September 2019 at 20:11

I thought my grand parents Mara and Percy Campbell lived here before the war
Any body know ?

Comment by: Jennifer Fletcher on 27th September 2021 at 13:25

I lived in this house from birth [Christopher Nursing Home] in 1952 until I was married age 26 in 1978. It was a beautiful home, with lovely gardens, with a wood and later, a tennis court. A real family home.

Comment by: Diana Heal on 31st July 2022 at 15:49

My grandparents, Peter & Alice Conroy bought Mariebonne House either just before or just after WW1 and were resident here with their 8 children according to the 1921 census. I remember being told it was a nursing home for officers and Edward V111 (he abdicated) visited for a garden party and they had a band playing on the terrace! Myself and my four siblings were all privileged to be brought up here. Many happy memories.

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