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New pictures of damage inside Wythenshawe Hall following blaze

Credit: Mark Waugh

New photographs of the damage caused by a fire inside 16th century manor Wythenshawe Hall have been released by Manchester City Council.

Over 50 firefighters were called out to tackle the blaze that ravaged the Tudor mansion in March.

Credit: Mark Waugh

The roof and most of the timber structure were destroyed in the fire.

The manor was once besieged by Oliver Cromwell's parliamentarian soldiers during the English Civil War.

Work to restore the building is ongoing.

Credit: Mark Waugh
Credit: Mark Waugh

“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.”

– Councillor Sue Murphy, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council
Credit: Mark Waugh
Credit: Mark Waugh
Credit: Mark Waugh

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Friends of Wythenshawe Hall rally round to get historic building back to its best

Friends of Wythenshawe Hall Credit: Paul Crone

The Friends of Wythenshawe Hall came out in defiance today to say the historic landmark is open for business as usual.

The 16th century timber-framed listed building was set on fire last week, totally destroying the roof and most of the timber structure.

More than 50 firefighters battled to save the historic Hall with 10 fire engines and more than 50 firefighters bringing the blaze under control.

Wythenshawe Hall is a 16th-century medieval timber-framed historic house and former stately home set in 250m acres now known as Wythenshawe Park.

But that didn't deter volunteers in period costume today as they rallied round to let locals know that it's business as usual.

Paul Crone has this report.

Hundreds of homes without power in Wythenshawe

Hundreds of homes are without power in Wythenshawe following a fire at an industrial unit. Electricity to around 500 properties have been cut off.

Six crews were called to an industrial unit on Southmoor Road at 11.46am this morning, to tackle the blaze which was in a tunnel carrying high voltage cables. Firefighters are working to tackle the fire and are working with Electricity North West to restore power to those affected.

“We are working with Electricity North West to resolve this incident as quickly as we can.

“It’s cold and wet today and we’re mindful that some residents and businesses in the M23 area of Wythenshawe may be suffering the effects of this fire.

“Please wrap up warm and be careful if you’re using candles or other forms of heating – never leave anything flammable near to a source of heat or ignition.

“Our crew are working really hard in difficult conditions to resolve this incident as quickly as possible.”

– Group Manager Ben Levy
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