SD8304 : Heaton Hall and Ha-Ha

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

Heaton Hall and Ha-Ha
Heaton Hall and Ha-Ha
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. It is a Grade I listed building (English Heritage Building ID: 388172 LinkExternal link British Listed Buildings). The historic hall has been closed to the public since 2011 to enable restoration work to take place. This work is still (early 2016) continuing (LinkExternal link Manchester Evening News article with photographs of the interior restorations).

The Ha-Ha, or sunken wall, was built as a hidden barrier to stop cattle encroaching and grazing on the formal lawns in front of the house. It was sunken so that it could not be seen, and so didnít spoil the view, when looking from the house.
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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Date Taken
Wednesday, 6 January, 2016   (more nearby)
Monday, 11 January, 2016
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Housing, Dwellings  Park and Public Gardens  Suburb, Urban fringe  Country estates 
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Panasonic DMC-G7 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 833 044 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:32.1644N 2:15.1339W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 834 044
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WEST (about 270 degrees)
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