Gatehouse at Smithills Country Park flooded

The Bolton News: Flooding at the Smithills Hall gatehouse Flooding at the Smithills Hall gatehouse

THE gatehouse at Smithills Country Park has been flooded.

Firefighters were called to the house within the country park at about 11.30pm last night after a combination of bad weather and drainage issues caused the garden and house to flood.

Water rose to about two feet in the garden and several inches inside the house as firefighters worked to pump the water away from the property.

Crews from Bolton Central and Bolton North fire stations were at the scene till about 3am.

The house is believed to have been damaged by the water.

Bolton Council, which owns the estate that surrounds Smithills Hall, has been informed of the incident by the fire service.

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9:13am Mon 6 Jan 14

AndrewMartinS says...

Sad news
Sad news AndrewMartinS
  • Score: 11

10:51am Mon 6 Jan 14

jonolakes says...

How can such an iconic part of Bolton be left in such wreck and ruin - my mother and father had their wedding reception there in 71.

real shame - where's next the Last Drop?
How can such an iconic part of Bolton be left in such wreck and ruin - my mother and father had their wedding reception there in 71. real shame - where's next the Last Drop? jonolakes
  • Score: 5

12:10pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Jim271 says...

Someone at the town hall is rubbing his hands with glee thinking.

We can now get it demolished and sell the land to another private developer.
Someone at the town hall is rubbing his hands with glee thinking. We can now get it demolished and sell the land to another private developer. Jim271
  • Score: -4

12:12pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Reebok Rhythm says...

Very sad to hear, especially as I pass it most weekends when walking the dogs around to the renovated house. Such a remarkable piece of British heritage which is sadly on the demise. I hope there will be some kind of drainage maintenance around the area as there was where the old garden centre (destroyed by the Council and now abandoned for over 15 years) was just behind Smithills Farm. I suppose you can not put infrastructure in place for such freak weather. We must observe the intelligence of the Dutch with their flood deterrence initiative.
Very sad to hear, especially as I pass it most weekends when walking the dogs around to the renovated house. Such a remarkable piece of British heritage which is sadly on the demise. I hope there will be some kind of drainage maintenance around the area as there was where the old garden centre (destroyed by the Council and now abandoned for over 15 years) was just behind Smithills Farm. I suppose you can not put infrastructure in place for such freak weather. We must observe the intelligence of the Dutch with their flood deterrence initiative. Reebok Rhythm
  • Score: 11

1:00pm Mon 6 Jan 14

William2701 says...

jonolakes wrote:
How can such an iconic part of Bolton be left in such wreck and ruin - my mother and father had their wedding reception there in 71. real shame - where's next the Last Drop?
Where, in the gatehouse?
[quote][p][bold]jonolakes[/bold] wrote: How can such an iconic part of Bolton be left in such wreck and ruin - my mother and father had their wedding reception there in 71. real shame - where's next the Last Drop?[/p][/quote]Where, in the gatehouse? William2701
  • Score: 6

3:16pm Mon 6 Jan 14

The Squire In Residence says...

If you really have to ask how or why ANY 'iconic' parts of Bolton are allowed to fall into disrepair then you cannot be a true Boltonian! Consecutive councils - and the fat controller et al have been the worst - have allowed our once magnificent town to become a washed up, dirty and desolate eyesore. Come to Firwood Fold to see the first Conservation Area designated by the council back in the late 60/70's. Samuel Crompton being one of the most important residents of Bolton during the industrial revolution will be turning in his grave! The residents (well most of them) try their best, BMBC should be ashamed, but they aren't...simple!
If you really have to ask how or why ANY 'iconic' parts of Bolton are allowed to fall into disrepair then you cannot be a true Boltonian! Consecutive councils - and the fat controller et al have been the worst - have allowed our once magnificent town to become a washed up, dirty and desolate eyesore. Come to Firwood Fold to see the first Conservation Area designated by the council back in the late 60/70's. Samuel Crompton being one of the most important residents of Bolton during the industrial revolution will be turning in his grave! The residents (well most of them) try their best, BMBC should be ashamed, but they aren't...simple! The Squire In Residence
  • Score: 19

4:14pm Mon 6 Jan 14

JimmyJamesBB says...

Terrible news for the owners, just imagine two feet of water heading towards your front door....Good job we have an efficient fire team in Bolton.
Terrible news for the owners, just imagine two feet of water heading towards your front door....Good job we have an efficient fire team in Bolton. JimmyJamesBB
  • Score: 5

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