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Photo-a-Day  (Monday, 23rd April, 2018)

Keep Out

Keep Out
Haigh Hall.

Photo: Ron Dawber  (Canon power-shot)
Views: 3,173

Comment by: Dostaf on 23rd April 2018 at 00:54

Thanks for sharing, Ron

This is so wrong.

A 'local expert' once explained to me how Lady Mabel left the hall to the people of Wigan in perpetuity.

Comment by: Arthur on 23rd April 2018 at 04:16

Our freedom has gone!

Comment by: Mick on 23rd April 2018 at 07:02

Gates where open yesterday,only thing blocking to road was dog walkers

Comment by: Anne on 23rd April 2018 at 07:49

Looks to be designed specifically to keep Ron out. Anyone else, walkers, cyclists, buggy pushers simply step over the fence. Why has it been done?

Comment by: PhilH on 23rd April 2018 at 08:23

Disgraceful !!

Comment by: Veronica on 23rd April 2018 at 09:16

Flimsy gates certainly not in keeping with the Hall and they aren't even locked!

Comment by: John D on 23rd April 2018 at 10:47

No white lines down the middle - yet.

Comment by: Cyril on 23rd April 2018 at 12:06

Hasn't kept those footpath hogging cyclists out, you can see one riding up the hill after bawling at the woman to get her blue baby buggy out of his way. Ban 'em.

Comment by: Mick on 23rd April 2018 at 12:29

The gates are there to keep cars from driving down to the hall and spoiling peoples wedding photos
You can still get in by bike wheel chair and pram from the stables entrance, you can also buy a snack, a pint and a ice cream as you past the shops.

Comment by: DTease on 23rd April 2018 at 17:35

There are gates at the top of this drive to prevent cars going down to the Hall. These gates must be to make sure that only cars that the Hotel want to go down are allowed down

Comment by: MikeW on 23rd April 2018 at 20:39

As far as I recall the public have never been allowed vehicular access to the area surrounding the hall. Why all the fuss now?

Comment by: . Ozymandias . on 23rd April 2018 at 21:37

Exactly DTease. Although I have driven down to the hall itself on occasions in the past, I'll admit, I've been ' chancing my arm ', as strictly speaking, the general public haven't been allowed to drive past the barriers on School lane for a number of years. Nothing much has changed really has it ?, just the same s--t, but of a different colour......O.K., Ron would experience difficulty getting past these gates, but the fact remains that the hall is still accessible to all , disabled vehicles included, via Mowpin Lodge.....We're talking about Haigh hall here, not Liberty hall. Judging by some of the posts, you would think that our civil liberties are under attack once again. I'm a lifelong socialist with a left wing bias, but I'm prepared to concede that had the grounds in which the hall currently stands been in public ownership 200 years ago, we would now have had the pleasure of strolling through a council housing estate. The Contessa hotel group, as I understand the situation, has taken over the place as a commercial venture. As a by-product of this liaison between the council and Contessa, the fabric of the building is being maintained, whereas previously, it was deteriorating into the North west's version of Stonehenge. Now make your minds up, what would you really like, restricted vehicular access to a not particularly aesthetically pleasing historic building ( in my own personal view ), or unlimited access to a pile of rubble?
Answers on a postcard pleas

Comment by: George on 29th April 2018 at 11:12

Corporate greed always wins.

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