Schoolkids get Haigh Hall tour

Senior ranger Brian Barton with Aspull Church School pupils around the grounds of Haigh Hall
Senior ranger Brian Barton with Aspull Church School pupils around the grounds of Haigh Hall

PUPILS enjoyed a behind-the-scenes look around Wigan’s best loved attraction.

Wide-eyed youngsters from Aspull Church Primary School enjoyed a tour of historic Haigh Hall and its majestic grounds, this week, courtesy of their ward councillors.

The children spent time learning about the heritage of the site of the hall from its days as a manor house of the mediaeval period through the industrial revolution when it became the seat behind a power house of the coal and iron industry, right up to present day.

They also learned about the many families to have lived there including the Bradshaighs and the Lyndsays as well as the fabled tale of Lady Mabel whose penitent daily procession from the hall into the town is marked by the stone cross which took its name, Mab’s Cross.

The trip was organised by Aspull c ouncillors Ron Conway and Chris Ready with transport and other costs paid for out of their Brighter Borough fund.

Coun Ready said: “We want to get local schools more involved in understanding their heritage.

“Visiting local places of historical interest gets them more involved, can save schools money because they don’t need to take expensive trips outside of the borough 
and if they walk to the venue – 
like Aspull Church Primary School did today – can also promote 
health and wellbeing at the same time.”

Coun Conway added that Haigh Hall was a wonderful place with a great story to tell and he hoped that the pupils would take away fond memories of their visit.

The tours are organised by Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust and groups interested in exploring unseen Haigh or taking a tour around Haigh Hall should contact 01942 486900.