Woolton Hall

Woolton Hall was built in 1704. The house was originally built for the Molyneux family on a 400 acre estate. Following the death of Richard Molyneux, Woolton Hall was acquired by the High Sheriff of Lancashire, Nicholas Ashton. In 1772, Robert Adam, a renowned architect, was hired to redesign the entire property, with  the estate remaining in the hands of the Ashton family until the Nineteenth century. Since then Woolton Hall has been used as; a school, a hospital, a hotel, a wedding venue and in later years a place for community meetings and Free Masonry. 

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Our latest exploration took us on our longest journey yet to the marvellous Woolton Hall in Liverpool. On arrival we were shocked to find this grand abandoned building in such good condition, this is because the caretaker takes great pride in this property and frequently carries out repair works. As we were led into the building by the caretaker, we were fascinated to see just how well kept this place was.

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Venturing around the ground floor, our first room of interest was an old bar which had a catering kitchen at the back of it. Lighting in this building really helped our shots and also helped us make our way around. It was incredible to see a catering kitchen in such good condition, along with a bar that still had beer taps.

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Due to a photoshoot being carried out by another visiting group, we decided to make our way to the grand staircase. This was one special staircase as at the bottom was a nice piano and incredibly an old red telephone box. After taking some photos and recording vlog footage, we continued upstairs to the bedroom area.

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As already mentioned, this building was once used as a hotel. On the first floor were a number of suites. The first suite was a grand, bright room with lovely decor and furnishing. There was also a secret passage door which led to the outside terrace however we couldn’t go through as models for the photoshoot were getting their makeup done on the terrace.

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The second suite was rather bare, there was however a large green door which was positioned next to the rear window of the room. This made a great photo opportunity.

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Continuing down the corridor of the first floor, we came across a number of small rooms with desks and a small kitchenette. Lee took numerous pictures with his new 10-18mm lens, before we ventured upstairs to some rather unusual yet fascinating rooms.

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The top floor of the building was used for wedding venues and Free Masonry. This was very clear once making our way up the stairs, as we could see an electric organ in one room, and Masonic symbols on the ceiling of another room.

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We started with the rooms which were used for the wedding venues, the largest room had a number of  the features of the wedding venue still present, along with a very valuable looking electric organ.

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In the room behind the wedding ceremony room, there was a plain room with some interesting wall graffiti. Lee took some pictures and I took a picture of the graffiti as I was so interested by it.

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The final area on the top floor for us to explore was the Free Masonry area, this was fascinating as there was significant decor such as white pillars, blue walls and a star on the ceiling of the room. We took numerous pictures, along with more vlog material and headed back down to the ground floor to look around the final few rooms.

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The first room we examined, well Lee took a picture of as it had a horrendous smell, due to toilets being directly behind it, was a beautiful room with stunning furnishings. The smell somewhat ruined the room however.

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Our final area of exploration was a large room filled with grand old paintings covered the walls and also a spectacular dining room with a U shaped dining area. This was by far the most remarkable area of the building as it was the oldest and most original.

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The dining room was breathtaking and has remained in such fantastic condition. Credit has to go to the caretaker who has really kept his building in such good condition.

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After taking pictures of these two stunning rooms, we packed up and headed outside to thank the caretaker for allowing us to visit and for educating us on such a spectacular building. If you are ever in Liverpool, we would highly recommend a visit.

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Our vlog can be found here

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Aaron

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