Higher Hall 6523

Wigan, Greater Manchester, England, Greater Manchester

Brief Description

Higher Hall was a hall with grounds and a park. There was a wooded drive from Smith Lane through the park to the north of the hall. The field boundaries were still clear in the park. There was a wooded boundary belt to the north-east side of the drive, possibly with a nursery on the edge. Small ponds, probably field ponds, were scattered in the park. The site is now lost, and the area is now used for open cast mining.


The hall and estate originally belonged to the Westleigh family, then to the Urmston family in the 17th century. The estate was purchased by John Hodson, MP for Wigan, who completely rebuilt the hall. The hall was later used as a girls' school.




  • Lancashire Gardens Trust

  • Greater Manchester Archaeological Unit