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Photo-a-Day  (Friday, 10th September, 2021)

Parbold Hall

Parbold Hall

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Panasonic DMC-TZ100)
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Comment by: alan on 10th September 2021 at 04:20

Parbold Hall ???? never heard of it. Is it a council house ?

Comment by: irene roberts on 10th September 2021 at 08:01

That looks lovely. Does anyone live there, Mick?

Comment by: Mick on 10th September 2021 at 08:32

Irene, at one time Peter Moore from the Littlewood shops and Football Pools family owned it.
When he owned it I was friendly with a girl whose family had come up from Wiltshire to look after the halls pigs, and remember being allowed to swim in his swimming pool, I bet not many Wiganers will have done that.
The hall was bought a few years ago by Martin Ainscough, but I learned earlier this year when I was talking to one of the halls ex gamekeepers that its now owned by Bill Ainscough. who also owns Harrock Hall

Comment by: Pat McC on 10th September 2021 at 09:01

Like you Alan, I hadn't heard of Parbold Hall, but what a beautiful building. It looks very peaceful - "sheep may safely graze ...".

Thanks Mick, lovely photo. The weather in Parbold looks much better than here in Wales this morning - we've got drizzle and sea mist!

Comment by: Dave on 10th September 2021 at 09:08

Parbold Hall top of Parbold hill, formerly owned by Sir Peter Moores.

Comment by: Anne on 10th September 2021 at 09:21

I remember as a child whenever going to the top of Parbold hill as a treat and looking out for this hall which could easily be seen from the main road shortly before reaching the top of the hill. Maybe people don’t have the same view these days owing to trees having grown obscuring the view from the road.

Comment by: Maureen on 10th September 2021 at 09:44

I've been to Harrock Hall..my eldest sons partner worked for Bill Ainscough..it's massive,and believe his wife Eileen owned the marina in the Lake District..when Eileen bought Willie Whitelaws house
'Ennim'near Penrith Cumbria she wanted my son to
work for her,we went there as well,another massive mansion...under the kitchen window outside were all little gravestones of the pets that they'd had.

Comment by: Veronica on 10th September 2021 at 12:25

Well Maureen you have certainly hob-nobbed with the 'upper echelons' of society... and had something in common with all those well loved pets....;o)

Comment by: Maureen on 10th September 2021 at 12:57

Yes Veronica,it came about as I said our Paul's partner worked for Bill Ainscough and when he was away on business he asked them both to stay there and sleep in his bed..so we were invited,the place is massive and beautiful..then Eileen bought Willie Whitelaws house,Pauls car was in for repair so we took them both,and and that was massive..we met Eileen but Paul didn't want the job..it was a tiny bit run down but after Eileen finished with it...it was beautiful and she put it up for sale fior quite a lot of money..I could say a lot more but have to be tactful...but I'll always remember Cliff went to the loo and said "I've actually been to the same loo as Willie Whitelaw.lol..there was still cameras everywhere in the garden because of the troubles with the IRA at the time Mr Whitelaw was there...Have a had a toot on google and Eileen is still running the Marina at Windermere..she is a business woman through and through...our Paul was at the time the gardener at Aldby Park Buttercrambe. North Yorkshire..and of course I had to paint the house in olis when I got back home..you know how it is don't you lol.you see something and you have to paint it.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 10th September 2021 at 13:02

It may be an interesting photo but its slightly out of focus & very dark Mick....but of course you will probably say its my eyes . Not your best PAD.

Comment by: Maureen on 10th September 2021 at 13:15

Veronica,just a little bit more before I bore everyone to death..I'll always remember Eileen saying his wife must have been so sad at leaving Ennim,not only because of her life there with Mr Whitelaw but to have to leave the little pet graves..Celia was her name and she lived until she was 99 years of age.

Comment by: Mick on 10th September 2021 at 14:04

Helen nobody said that PADs had to be in focus, I never noticed until you have said, but Im thinking it might be due to the weather.

Comment by: Veronica on 10th September 2021 at 14:09

Interesting story Maureen. My iPad keeps freezing so can't write much. I remember Margaret That her 's statement . "Every Prime Minister needs a Willy". He died at Penrith. Awarded the Military Cross during the war.

Comment by: The Real James Hanson on 10th September 2021 at 14:57

Read a bit about the Ainscoughs here -


Comment by: Joan on 10th September 2021 at 15:30

James I don't think these Ainscough are related to the Ainscough mentioned
These are Ainscough of Mossy Lea, dad started of with a scrap yard and then went into sand and gravel suppler for the M6 motorway construction, they still have the ancient weigh bridge that weighed it all at the front of what was Ainscough business supply's

Comment by: Cyril on 10th September 2021 at 20:15

Just been reading in the Autumn edition of The Vellum about a Parbulele at The Wayfarer Restaurant at Parbold, where 22 players along with a guest player were each playing their Ukulele in 40 minute slots over two days at the end of July 2021.


According to Dennis Lee the weekend festival was a roaring success.
Well done them.

Comment by: Bruce Almighty on 11th September 2021 at 00:00

I once watched a Pakistani bloke there, who was an Elvis tribute act. He called himself "Patelvis".

Comment by: Cyril on 11th September 2021 at 14:05

was it this fellow? he certainly gets around the clubs and pubs, it says he's at the White Lion Wigan, though the only White Lion I know is the one at Pemberton.


Comment by: Bruce Almighty on 11th September 2021 at 16:47

Yes, we also saw him at the Bengal Curry Pot, in Ashton.

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