Secret sadness behind ‘Marie Celeste’ mansion of Moston

Leigh G Banks

Leigh G Banks

Leigh G Banks is a former Fleet Street journalist, now a writer and broadcaster with

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9 Responses

  1. leigh says:

    Karen Galston great work Leigh! 🙂

  2. leigh says:

    Leonie Painter Let’s do it! Lost completely here but willing to give my time to this if there is someone/group that can help me/us along – what you say Callum Jackie I really don’t know where

  3. leigh says:

    Jackie Hodgin Leonie Painter count me in x

  4. leigh says:

    Leonie Painter I will email Cllr Ollerhead, see if he can maybe come and meet us, help us with the issue

  5. leigh says:

    Hi Leigh G Banks apologies I have just seen your message it came into a separate part of my inbox, I will respond soon, I’m just at work so will be at some point today

  6. leigh says:

    Damian Witherington Is this of any help – Was anybody on here involved in the Community Group who tried to raise funds to purchase Hough Hall around May 2005 that may still have information or know of anybody not a member of this group who may have information requested by the National Trust – any help would be much appreciated as long as its fact and not rumour. If the Council can cough up money for FC United of Mancheter (was it £3 million) then perhaps they might just help in rescuing the oldest building in Moston with all its history

    After reading a post on Moston and Harpurhey (and surrounding areas) I decided to write to the national Trust for advise and got the following response –
    Dear Damian,
    Thank you for getting in touch with the National Trust about Hough Hall in Moston.
    We care passionately about the value and importance of all local heritage and green spaces, and are sorry to hear of the current situation in relation to Hough Hall.
    Over the last year or so, we have been increasingly approached by local communities to take on local authority and private assets ranging from local parks and green spaces to museums and historic buildings. As a charity with limited financial resources we are only able to acquire places in very rare circumstances, when the significance of a place and the threat to this is exceptional and where we can be confident we would be able to operate it without undue financial impact on the rest of the places in our care.
    However, we take all requests for help seriously, and your approach has been forwarded to the External Partnerships Team (EPT), a team dedicated to finding new ways of helping others to care for special places through a range of consultancy services.
    EPT are already committed to working with a number of local authorities and community groups to look after special places where we are not able to acquire them ourselves. To help us get a better understanding of Hough Hall, we would be grateful if you could provide us with more information in the following areas.
    • The significance of Hough Hall including special features and designations.
    • The current condition of the hall.
    • Who owns the hall and your relationship with the owner.
    • Any groups forming around the hall (e.g. Friends of, Action Groups, a Charitable Trust etc), the group’s vision for the site, and your relationship to the group(s), together with any documentation already produced re strategy, vision, action plans.
    • Details on any other heritage bodies you have engaged such as Historic England or the Heritage Lottery Fund and what help they’ve managed to provide.
    • The best email address and phone number to contact you on.
    If we are able to help, one of the team will be in touch with you via the contact given above in due course.
    In the meantime and if we are not able to help directly, we’ve provided below a short list of other organisations and grant giving bodies that may be able to help you:…/main/fundinghome.php
    Thank you again for contacting the Trust and for the work you are doing to safeguard your local heritage.
    Kindest Regards
    Ellie Lyons
    Assistant Project Manager
    External Partnerships Team
    National Trust

  7. leigh says:

    Yvonne Hatchell Great news can wait to see the hall looking like its old self

  8. leigh says:

    John Biggs Thanks for the update. Shame to see it boarded up. Spent some time in there some years putting a play on with our children from Whitemoss who at the time had additional needs.

  9. leigh says:

    Chelle Lizzy Thanks Leigh G Banks. Your article was very interesting, but sad and gives our local community all the facts. It would be great if we could bring this wonderful hall back to its former glory. Just an idea – could the Heritage Alliance, Heritage Lottery Fund, English Heritage Organisation give some guidance/funding etc?

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