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Haigh Hall and Country Park

The present Haigh Hall, a Grade II* Listed building (Historic England List Entry Number: 1228292 LinkExternal link ), was built between 1827 and 1840 by James Lindsay, 7th Earl of Balcarres, on the site of the ancient manor house which had been home to the Bradshaigh family from 1298 until 1780 when Elizabeth Dalrymple, the great-niece of Sir Roger Bradhaigh, inherited the estate. In 1787, she married Alexander Lindsay, 6th Earl of Balcarres and Haigh Hall became the seat of the Earls of Balcarres. The Bradshaigh and Lindsay fortunes were made from seams of cannel coal under the estate which were mined from before 1536.

The extensive Plantations consist primarily of Beech trees with a proportion of Oak, Horse Chestnut, Sycamore, Ash and Lime and Scots Pine. These plantations were laid out in the 1860s to hide the condition of the landscape after being damaged by the mining activity.

The 250 acres of park and woodland surrounding Haigh Hall now forms the Haigh Country Park and the Haigh Hall Golf Club. The estate is bounded to the west by the River Douglas and to the east, the boundary is New Road; it was transferred to Wigan Corporation in 1947. Haigh Hall Park is included in the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens at grade II.


Haigh is pronounced locally as “Hay”.
by David Dixon

Created: Fri, 3 May 2013, Updated: Fri, 21 Jun 2019


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SD5908 : Water Lilies at Haigh Country Park by David Dixon
SD6008 : The Lower Walled Garden, Haigh Hall by David Dixon
SD5807 : Haigh Country Park, Bridge over River Douglas by David Dixon
SD6008 : Haigh Country Park, Swan Pond by David Dixon
SD6008 : Haigh Country Park, Upper Plantation by David Dixon
SD5907 : Yellow Brook, Haigh Country Park by David Dixon
SD6008 : Swan Pond, Haigh Country Park by David Dixon
SD6007 : Course of Dismantled Railway, Haigh Country Park by David Dixon
SD5908 : Haigh Country Park, Sennicar Lane by David Dixon
SD5907 : Haigh Country Park by David Dixon
SD6008 : Haigh Hall, Entrance to Walled Garden (Walker Gardens) by David Dixon
SD5907 : Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Haigh Country Park by David Dixon
SD5908 : Fountain in the Lily Pond at Haigh Country Park by David Dixon
SD5907 : Haigh Country Park, Main Drive by David Dixon
SD5907 : Haigh Country Park, Course of the Whelley Loop Line by David Dixon
SD5907 : Haigh Country Park, Yellow Brook by David Dixon
SD5908 : Haigh Country Park, Play Area by David Dixon
SD5908 : The Stone Lion, Haigh Hall by David Dixon
SD6008 : Walker Gardens, Haigh Hall by David Dixon
SD5908 : Haigh Hall Golf Complex by David Dixon
SD5907 : Leeds and Liverpool Canal Bridge #60, Haigh Park Bridge by David Dixon
SD6007 : Haigh Country Park, Mowpin Lodge by David Dixon
SD5908 : Haigh Hall by David Dixon
SD5907 : Leeds and Liverpool Canal passing through Haigh Country Park by David Dixon
SD6007 : Haigh Country Park, Bridge over Disused Railway by David Dixon

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