SD8304 : Heaton Hall

taken 5 years ago, near to Blackley, Manchester, Great Britain

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Heaton Hall
Heaton Hall
Heaton Hall is a neoclassical 18th-century country house within Heaton Park, Manchester. The hall was remodelled to a design by James Wyatt in 1772, and is now open to the public as a museum and events venue. It is a Grade I listed building (Historic England List Entry Number: 1200809 LinkExternal link ).

The ha-ha, or sunken wall, dates from the 1770s when the landscape designer, William Eames, designed the park as a setting for the new Heaton Hall. It was built as a hidden barrier to stop cattle grazing on the formal lawns in front of the house so that, when looking from the house, nothing could be seen to interrupt the view.

The orangery (to the right of the main building) was added to the house around 1823. It was probably designed by Lewis Wyatt as it is similar to his orangeries at Tatton Park and Belton House. It was designed with a domed, glazed roof, fronted by a formal garden with two large copies of the Borghese Vase. The ornate glass roof was removed, to be replaced with a flat roof after Manchester City Council purchased the park in 1902. The Orangery is now a function and conference venue, run by Manchester City Council.

Rising incongruously behind the hall is one of the United Kingdom's few concrete towers, the Heaton Park BT Tower (SD8304 : Communications Tower, Heaton Park).
Heaton Park
Heaton Park, which comprises the grounds of a Grade I listed neoclassical 18th-century country house, Heaton Hall (SD8304 : Heaton Hall) is located 4 miles north of Manchester city centre. Covering an area reported as over 640 acres, it is the biggest park in Greater Manchester and one of the largest municipal parks in Europe. Heaton Park is listed Grade 2 on the English Heritage Register of Parks and there are nine listed structures in the park. Details can be found on the English Heritage website LinkExternal link .

Heaton Park was sold to Manchester City Council in 1902, by the Earl of Wilton, to be kept for the enjoyment and recreation of the public. Manchester Council later used part of the north side of the park for the construction of a large gravity feed reservoir; interrupted by the First World War, this work was only completed in the 1920s. A municipal golf course (SD8304 : Heaton Park Golf Course) was also laid out and a large boating lake excavated (SD8303 : Heaton Park Boating Lake). The former facade of the first Manchester Town Hall on King Street (SD8303 : Heaton Park - Town Hall Colonnade) was re-erected as a backdrop to the lake.

During the First World War the Manchester Pals used the park as a training depot. The park was also used as the site of a Royal Air Force depot in the Second World War.

At the end of the 20th century the park was renovated and some of the buildings and original vistas from the 18th century landscape design were restored as part of a millennium project partnership between the Heritage Lottery Fund and Manchester City Council.

LinkExternal link Heaton Park website
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SD8304, 172 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Thursday, 31 July, 2014   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 2 August, 2014
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Housing, Dwellings  Park and Public Gardens  Suburb, Urban fringe  Country estates 
Camera (from Tags)
Panasonic DMC-G3 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 8336 0442 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:32.1698N 2:15.1521W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 8349 0415
View Direction
North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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