SJ7885 : St Ambrose College, Hale Barns, Cheshire

taken 8 years ago, near to Hale Barns, Trafford, Great Britain

St Ambrose College, Hale Barns, Cheshire
St Ambrose College, Hale Barns, Cheshire
The house is "Woodeaves", built in 1915, and currently the home of a community of the Irish Christian Brothers, who opened the College there in 1946, it having moved from temporary accommodation in nearby Bowdon. From 1929 to 1945, Woodeaves was the home of the Waugh family. (William) Leo Waugh was a prominent Manchester merchant and partner in a firm of textile importers - Burt, Myrtle & Co - active in Java, Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia). After he died in 1944, Mrs Waugh sold the house and land to the Catholic Church to establish a boys' Grammar School, run by the Christian Brothers. Part of the main house was converted to classrooms, the remainder becoming a chapel and quarters for the Brothers.

The extensive grounds were once shared by a Victorian manor house and gardens which had become ruinous after being hit by a stray bomb during a German air raid. That part of the estate (22 acres) was donated by Mrs Waugh - in honour of her deceased daughter - to St Vincent's parish, Altrincham, for the building of a new Catholic church to serve Hale Barns. Eventually, the ruins were demolished to make way for Holy Angels, which was completed on the site in 1963. Until that time, Sunday mass - for the Brothers and local residents - had been held in Woodeaves' chapel (a priest being supplied from St Vincent's).
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Date Taken
Saturday, 19 June, 2010   (more nearby)
Saturday, 19 June, 2010
School (independent)   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 789 859 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:22.1831N 2:19.0966W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 789 859
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Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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