Thousands of people turned out for Wythenshawe Park’s firework display last night.
It was soggy underfoot, but the crowds took advantage of the dry and clear skies for the spectacular display and the lighting of the bonfire. Read More…
The fire crew who helped save Wythenshawe Hall from fire devastation have visited the historic building a year on as work begins to repair the roof and exterior.
The fire could have been end for the much-loved building had it not been for the heroic efforts of Greater Manchester Fire Services officers, who battled through a March night last year to prevent the destruction of the largely timber-framed medieval hall.
Despite these efforts, the fire caused a large amount of damage to the roof and several key rooms at the hall, and smoke damage through large portions of the property. Read More…
Part of Wythenshawe Hall was reopened to the public at the weekend, three months after a fire which which caused devastating damage to the building.
— Wythenshawe Hall (@WythenshaweHall) June 12, 2016
Firefighters who helped save the building cut the ribbon on the Tenant’s Hall on Sunday when local people enjoyed entertainment and fun at an open day to mark the occasion, organised by the Friends of Wythenshawe Hall.
The event was part of the nationwide Big Lunch initiative which has been celebrating the Queen’s 90th Birthday.
Richard Jackson, Chairman of the Friends of Wythenshawe Hall and an ancestor of the Tatton family who owned the historic Tudor building, praised the tremendous support from the local community, especially the town’s school children, who have raised cash to help restore the building to its former glory.
Local people and FOWH members dressed in Tudor finery were entertained at the grand re-opening by performances from an opera singer, pianist, court jester and the Ukuhelee Band.
Since the fire, the friends’ group have continued their monthly public open days undeterred from the nearby Courtyard Café, but the ambition was to return to the property as soon as possible.
March when a fire damaged Part of Wythenshawe Hall will be re-opened to the public, just months after the devastating fire which ripped through the building.
Firefighters, who played a crucial part in saving the historic building will cut the ribbon to re-open the Tenants Hall on Sunday, 12 June.
The Tudor property has been completely closed to the public since March when a fire damaged a large part of the original building.
Since the fire, the Friends of Wythenshawe Hall group have continued their monthly public open days undeterred from the nearby Courtyard Café, but the ambition was to return to the property as soon as possible. Read More…
Monthly events set to continue as work on fire-hit Wythenshawe Hall moves into the next phase of restoration
The bell tower on Wythenshawe Hall has been safely removed to make way for a new temporary roof to be craned onto the historic fire-damaged building, as work begins on the next stage of its restoration.
The new roof will protect the building from the elements to allow the wooden sections of the property to dry out.
Since the fire at the Hall last month, an emergency tarpaulin has been used to protect the building while essential structural and archaeological works were completed inside.
The installation of the new temporary roof this week is the final piece of the substantial scaffolding structure that has been erected around the fire damaged area of the Hall and follows weeks of delicate conservation work inside the property.
These works will allow the building to breath and the timber frame to dry out properly and naturally as recommended by historic building specialists, including Historic England.
As part of this remedial work, the bell tower of the Hall was also craned off in a single piece to allow a seamless covering of the hall’s damaged roof.
The bell tower was rebuilt in the 1950s as part of a programme of repair work and its core is a more contemporary steel framed structure clad in timber. This meant that the tower did not collapse into the building during the fire and resulted in much less damage than would otherwise have been the case.
Since the fire, engineers have stabilised the property ensuring it is safe to work inside, while a team of archaeologists have been sifting through the debris in the building and recording, protecting and preserving as much original material as possible.
Now the immediate emergency works are well underway, proposals for the long-term recovery of Wythenshawe Hall will be put forward, working closely with the friends’ group and project partners.
Wythenshawe councillor Sue Murphy, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “A huge amount of work has already gone into helping protect Wythenshawe Hall, most visibly the scaffold cocoon that is helping to stabilise the damaged areas of the property and will support the new temporary roofing.
“Inside, countless hours have been spent making sure anything that can be saved is saved. Everything from the largest pieces of furniture that were on display in the building, to the smallest artefacts being unearthed by highly-trained archaeologists.
“It will be a long road to recovery for the building, but working with our partners and the friends’ group, we will see Wythenshawe Hall back to its best.”
Paul Selby, Deputy Chair of the Friends of Wythenshawe Hall, said: “It’s been a rollercoaster few weeks for the friends’ group, but thankfully we are safe in the knowledge that the Hall has been saved, it is now stable and a dedicated team are on-site salvaging anything and everything that makes the property distinct.
“The hall’s insurance has allowed us to invest in a permanent marquee that will allow our monthly events to continue in the grounds of the Hall, and our ambition is to return to the iconic front of the building as soon as possible.”
Despite the fire, The Friends of Wythenshawe Hall group have continued their open days at the Hall using the nearby Courtyard Café as a temporary venue
Wythenshawe Hall will be staging its Victorian Easter event as planned despite the devastating fire which destroyed the roof and clock tower of the historic Tudor building.
The Friends of Wythenshawe Hall have vowed to carry on with their planned events as they launch an appeal fund to help the popular attraction rise from the ashes.
Wythenshawe Hall’s event on Easter Monday, March 28 will be held outside in the park and will provide an opportunity for residents to show their support campaigners fighting to restore the building to its former glory.
The event will include Easter crafts, a treasure hunt, Punch & Judy show and a special appearance from the Easter Bunny.
An appeal fund launched shortly after the fire raised more than £1,000 in less than 24 hours. The campaigners aim to raise £250,000 to restore the building.
— The Horsfall Space (@TheHorsfall) March 17, 2016
More than 50 firefighters and 10 fire engines tackled the blaze which started at 3.30am on March 15.
Meetings with Manchester City Council, who own the building, the Friends of Wythenshawe Hall and councillors in the area are being set up to come up with a plan to raise and MP, Mike Kane is raising the issue with the government department responsible for culture.
Meanwhile the Courtyard Cafe near the hall is open for business as usual.
— Sarah Russell (@S_A_Russell) March 17, 2016
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Services’ fire investigation team has been helping Greater Manchester Police with its investigation into the cause of the incident and it is thought that the fire was started deliberately.
Wythenshawe Police is appealing for anyone who may have any information to come forward by ringing 0161 856 4882, 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.