Blaze at Manchester's historic Wythenshawe Hall

Fifty firefighters are tackling a blaze at Wythenshawe Hall. The 500-year-old timber building is currently alight. Crews are trying to contain the fire in the roof space.

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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.

Wythenshawe hall open for Easter activities

Wythenshawe hall

It's business as usual at Wythenshawe hall today despite a fire which destroyed large parts of the building more than a week ago.

All the free easter activities will be hosted in pop up spaces in the grounds.

The Friends of Wythenshawe Hall will be dressed in traditional costume throughout the day.


Police say Wythenshawe Hall fire is 'being treated as suspicious'

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Greater Manchester Police say the fire at Wythenshawe Hall in Manchester is being treated as suspicious.

Police officers and the fire service have begun a preliminary investigation of the building and are now appealing for anyone who may have and information to come forward.

“The investigation into how this fire began is in it’s infancy, however we are now treating it as suspicious. “We are appealing for anyone who may have any information or may have seen anyone in the area in the early hours of this morning to come forward.

“This is a devastating fire in a beautiful building and we are determined to get to the bottom of how this could have happened.

“Luckily, no one was injured, but the damage to the building and its contents will have a lasting impact on the community, and those who dedicated their lives to Wythenshawe Hall."

– Inspector Luke Breakspear
  • Anybody with information should contact police on 0161 856 4882, 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Inquiry underway into major fire at Wythenshawe Hall

More than 50 firefighters have fought to save Wythenshawe Hall after a fire broke out there.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue service say they're looking into whether the fire was started deliberately.

Matt O'Donoghue reports:

Roof and first floor of historic Wythenshawe Hall lost in huge fire

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The blaze at Wythenshawe Hall, the Tudor mansion in Manchester has caused "devastating" major damage.

At its peak more than 50 firefighters using 10 appliances and an aerial platform to battle flames at Wythenshawe Hall in Manchester.

The flames badly damaged the 16th century building's clock tower and its roof after fire broke out in the early hours of Tuesday, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said.

The building, which was built around 1540, was the home of the Tatton family for hundreds of years. Its history includes being besieged by Parliamentary forces during the Civil War. It was given to Manchester City Council in 1929.

"This blaze has caused devastating damage to a historic building, but the quick actions of our crew have saved the majority of the structure.

"The fire was well developed when they arrived and firefighters did a fantastic job to stop it spreading through the timbers and voids in the property.

"We will work closely with Manchester City Council and The Friends of Wythenshawe Hall to help them recover from this terrible fire."

– Warren Pickstone, GMFRS

Mr Pickstone earlier said that the roof and the first floor has been "lost" after the fire struck in the "main black and white traditionally clad Tudor building with the historic clock tower" at around 3.30am.

"This is an upsetting incident involving a much-loved historic building at the heart of its community.

"We are currently still taking stock of the damage but will all need to rally together in an effort to restore the hall."

– Rosa Battle, Manchester city council


Video: pictures from fire service drone of Wythenshawe Hall fire

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service have released aerial footage of the blaze:

Friends of Wythenshawe Hall speak of 'very dark day' after fire

Paul Selby from Friends of Wythenshawe Hall spoke at the scene:

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