‘Take a look while you can,’ says the woman in the mobility scooter, towing a black Lab, ‘English Heritage says they don’t have any money left to care for it, so it’ll be left to ruin. They say it’s not high profile enough.’
The ‘it’ is Wythenshawe Hall and, while I can’t be certain of the veracity of the Scooter Woman’s statements, the place is definitely looking a bit tatty. But it could be lovely.
And the profile problem? Europe’s Largest Council estate + Historic Building in Peril, multiplied by Disappearing Local Government Budgets & proximity to enormous new Media Production Facilities = perfect Big Society-project reality TV. Grand Designs meets Restoration Man meets that bit in Witness where the Amish build the barn.