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The creepiest abandoned buildings in Greater Manchester and surrounding areas

The buildings which time forgot…

Alex Watson

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From tunnels to old care homes, we’ve put together a list of some of the creepiest abandoned buildings you can find across the North West. 

There’s something about abandoned buildings that we’re all drawn to. I’m sure we’ll all admit that if we come across a weird out-house on a walk, you can bet all your money you’re poking your head round to see what’s in there.

What are we expecting to see when we look in?

Maybe we just want a glimpse at history perfectly preserved, and in many cases there are beds, books and mirrors left as the ghost of someone’s life.

Each derelict, barely standing up, ghost-ridden (maybe) and mould-covered building has its own beautiful story though. So should we leave them be or take them down? Have a look through these then let us know your thoughts.

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Abandoned Care Home, Radcliffe

Abandoned hospitals are creepy enough but a care home is this whole other additional layer of scary. This one in Bury is actually full of old memories too, including photo albums, magazines and a whole stack of wheelchairs.

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Deserted Cottage, Sarthwaite

This deserted cottage has become pretty famous. It’s sandwiched between the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District and to be honest, not much is known about its past life.

The cottage is about 3km from Sedbergh, inside you’ll find a bed and some furniture that will send shivers down your spine.

The building, if not spooky enough, is completely isolated with not even a road accessing it.

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Hulme Hippodrome

Originally known as the Grand Junction Theatre and Floral Hall, this opened back in 1901 as part of the theatrical empire of Broadhead.

The hippodrome was last used as a theatre in the 1960s and was eventually closed in the late 80s.

The building was bought by Macron Stadium in 2017, and squatters occupied the building and cleaned it up after years of neglect. But just last year it was named on the list of the Top Ten Most Endangered Buildings.

How can a building be endangered, it’s not a species, I hear you cry. I think it’s just terminology, really, to save landmarks across the country. It’s worked as well, with Oxford University Museum and Albert Dock in Liverpool all being saved.

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The Primark Ballroom, Manchester

Obviously Primark is the place to be for a pair of £1 knickers, but the whole ballroom in the roof really bothers me. I bet if you were the only one in there you’d hear the pitter-patter of dancing above you.

It’s been left in pretty good nick, pretty untouched since last century but it’s just weird to think that Primark has a whole floor we don’t see?!

Actually, Primark has two because there’s a whole other basement below what we think is the basement. It even used to have a river in it with gondola rides, now if that’s not WEIRD I don’t know what is?!

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Brinksway Air Raid Shelter, Stockport

What could possibly be creepier than an abandoned air-raid shelter? I honestly don’t know. Brinksway is one of three air raid shelters in Stockport, it’s left to hold a memorial to those that suffered and those that endured the horrendous time.

Now, they’re left cold, empty and lifeless but there are some scribblings on the walls that we daren’t read for fear of a spell.

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Winstanley Hall, Wigan

What is creepier than this guy with three crazy horses in statue form like some sort of spooky Medusa stuff.

The hall was built in the 1560s for the Winstanley family. It trickled down through the families and by 1980s the last occupant moved out.

Since then it was sold in 2000 with 10 acres of land with the intention of developing it into swanky new flats.

It’s still derelict now and getting creepier by the day. You need permission to access this one though so don’t go trespassing now.

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Barnes Hospital, Cheadle

Let’s kick this whole thing off with an oldie but goodie. Barnes Hospital has topped the list of creepiest abandoned places in Britain, and was also once home to the wounded soldiers of the Second World War.

So not only does this place look like the set of a chilling ITV murder-mystery, it actually, definitely is haunted. It was also the set of a zombie film, so yeah.

If you go for a visit and jump because you hear a wheelchair moving, don’t be surprised as some of the old equipment from the hospital has been left to rot.

After years of standing abandoned, the Grade-II listed building has now been converted into 155 homes. They look pretty nice if you get over the whole ghost thing.

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High Head Castle, Cumbria

Yes, somebody actually abandoned A CASTLE. There’s a pretty good reason though, in 1956 most of the building was destroyed in a large fire and it’s never been returned to its former glory.

Apparently someone’s got their eye on buying the castle, so hopefully there should be a working moat soon.

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Aircraft Wreck, Derbyshire

Okay, so this one isn’t quite a building.

It’s dead weird if you’ve never been, and if you haven’t I strongly urge you to do it as part of your unlimited exercise!

The aircraft wreckage is from 1948 when a B-29 Superfortress of the US Air Force crashed in a thick cloud.

More often than not, the wreckage is covered in snow and just as eerie when you can only see the tops of the engines, but in the height of summer, you can see it in all its glory. It’s amazing it hasn’t been cleaned up, really.

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Inside the Wigan home ‘frozen in the 1970s’ that’s on the market for the first time ever

This is ICONIC!

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Regan and Hallworth

If you love the ’70s you’ll love this house that is going on the market for the first time, which will transport you to the decade of platforms, flares and shag pile carpet. 

The family home in Wigan is thought to be going on the market for the first time ever, but inside is a ’70s lover’s dream.

Throughout the entire house is décor from the decade, including a retro orange sofa, plenty of frosted glass and shag carpets of course. 

It’s three bedroom and is tucked away in Parbold on Croasdale Drive.

Regan and Hallworth
Regan and Hallworth

Estate Agent Regan and Hallworth say that ‘despite requiring extensive modernisation’ the house ‘has an undeniably timeless appeal’.

You’ll also find teak wood storage units in just about every room, and plenty of earth-toned accessories throughout. 

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There’s a huge copper fire place in the living room complimented by dark brown walls and a patterned ceiling. 

The kitchen is covered with white cabinets with a wood trim, an unusual corner sink situation, plus a fitted microwave on the lower half of the cabinets. 

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Regan and Hallworth

The bathroom is covered in dark marble tiles and a frosted window above the bath, complimented by gold furnishing and trims on both the toilet and sink – plus a gold shower! 

For all the quirky features the house is actually surprisingly minimalist, it’s bright and has a big open plan living room. 

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It’s also been designed with an upside-down layout meaning the bedrooms are on the ground floor while the living room is on the second floor, taking advantage of the views over the trees. 

The house is located on a leafy lane and features a glass-front, extensive driveway space with a double garage and plenty of greenery to enjoy from your orange sofa.

Regan and Hallworth
Regan and Hallworth

Regan and Hallworth add: “We don’t believe that ‘Beech Hill’ has ever been on the open market before and offers an incredibly rare opportunity for a wide range of buyers to purchase a home of true distinction with tons of potential without having to pay the huge premium you normally expect to pay to live in one of West Lancashire’s most sought after locations.

“Available with the added benefit of no upward chain, early viewing is highly recommended.”

Offers are in excess of £400,000. Find out more info here

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A look back at Manchester’s greatest nightclubs and venues

How many have you been to?

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Over the years numerous iconic nightclubs, bars and pubs have disappeared from Manchester. Some of these venues have been legendary, others, well, were just a bit dodgy.

Either way, if you visited one it will have left a lasting impression – whether this is positive or negative is another question entirely.

With that in mind, what better time to take a little trip down memory lane and remember some of the forgotten clubs of our city. Enjoy…

Piccadilly 21s

Piccadilly 21s was a ‘90s party paradise located in Piccadilly Gardens. It had a reputation for being very loud, very messy and very sticky, with cheap drinks to boot – there were even chandeliers in the bogs.

Unfortunately it also had a reputation for being rough as owt, after it managed to attract gang members and other unsavoury clientele in the late ‘80s and 90s, and it eventually shut down in 2004.

These days it’s a Premier Inn and a Nando’s – so the floors are probably just as sticky to be fair.

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Rotters

Besides having a name which would prove a branding nightmare for modern PR-led venues, Rotters boasted some of the best parties in the city, after it took over the site from Romanoff’s.

Located at the top of Oxford Road, in the ‘70s and ‘80s Rotters was a hugely popular nightclub, especi

It was housed inside the old Gaumont Cinema, and sadly the whole building was demolished in 1990 and replaced by an NCP car park.

Pips

Pips, located behind the cathedral, was a popular nightclub in the ‘70s, and was frequented by local musical celebs like Joy Division, Ian Brown, Morrissey and Johnny Marr.

It boasted four different rooms playing a variety of music, including a Punk room, Soul room and the infamous Roxy room with a huge Brian Ferry painting on the wall.

Pips closed in the early ‘80s before becoming a club called Konspiracy – which closed not long after.

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The Plaza

The Plaza was one of the city’s most popular venues to dance to the likes of Sinatra and Elvis in the ‘60s, and was located on Oxford Street.

Owned by Jimmy Savile, the disgraced DJ pioneered lunchtime disco sessions for the city’s young workers, where you could grab a quick lunch and soft drink while having a dance.

It later turned into Tiffany’s in the ‘70s, complete with fake palm trees and loads of disco balls, before finally becoming Tropicana, which closed in the late ‘80s. It’s now a Pizza Express.

The Hacienda

We couldn’t do a list of iconic Mancunian nightclubs and not include what is arguably one of the most famous venues in the world.

Founded by Tony Wilson in 1982, the Hacienda managed to define a whole era in the city, putting ‘Madchester’ on the map. Acid House and rave culture was born here – as were New Order and the Happy Mondays.

The club closed in 1997 and was demolished 18 months later, with a block of nondescript red brick flats now on the site – called The Hacienda Apartments.

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Jilly’s Rockworld

Jilly’s was a Manchester institution. Originally called Fagin’s, it opened in 1970 on Oxford Road before being renamed Jilly’s in 1983, eventually adding Rockworld to the end.

The alternative club was always packed full with a cross section of people with a passion for guitar music, including punks, skaters, goths, metalheads, and indie kids.

Underneath was another club called the Musicbox – previously Rafters – but sadly both venues shut their doors back in 2010.

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There’s a hidden tranquil waterfall located in the hills above Rochdale

This looks so peaceful!

Alex Watson

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If you’re after some tranquillity in your life (let’s face it – we all are), this is the perfect escape and it’s not too far away from Manchester. 

Tucked away in the hills above Norden in Rochdale is a beautiful waterfall surrounded by luscious woodland, and its the perfect weekend walk.

Naden Valley is home to four huge reservoirs Naden Higher, Naden Middle, Naden Lower and Greenbooth, which all offer perfect exploring options and ample walking opportunities.  

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From the top of the valley you’ll find stunning views of Manchester city centre’s skyline towering over the hills in the distance. 

The trickling waterfall is in the southwestern corner of Greenbooth reservoir, and is actually heading towards the United Utilities-owned reservoir after running through a housing estate. 

There are clear circular footpaths around each reservoir that are perfect for a gentle stroll and are mostly accessible. 

There are several flights of stairs to reach the waterfall which is slightly off path and requires a bit of careful exploring. 

If waterfalls are your thing, you could also head to Rivington Pike’s forgotten Japanese Gardens just outside of Chorley. 

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