I’ve been working far too much, I’m not dead or anything like that.
Our bag pulley system consisting of paracord tied together told us that this little beauty stands at about 100ft. After getting Sho in with a little help from nature we soon battled the pigeons and set about unravelling the mass of rope that we had with us as well as a minute or two to appreciate the views.
What a vantage point this old water tower is. Blackpool tower, both cathedrals in Liverpool, Fiddlers Ferry and as far out as Manchester’s Beetham tower can be seen from the top.
This little lump was built by Thomas Scarisbrick back in 1900 on the 124-acre site.
Greaves Hall as it came to be known was surrounded by huge lawns, gardens along with an array of concrete fountains. The hall had roughly 55 rooms, large open areas situated on the ground, first, second and attic floors.
The Scarisbrick family enjoyed life at Greaves Hall until just after the First World War when Thomas moved to Scarisbrick Hall and negotiated the sale of the estate to a consortium of Banks farmers.
The mansion house and grounds were later occupied by Sherbrook School for Girls. The school was shut down when the Health Authority wanted to use the mansion house as a TB hospital and, later, to bring patients with mental health and learning disabilities from Liverpool during and after the Second World War.
Greaves Hall Mental Health Hospital, included extensive developments of maintenance buildings and wards built in the former leisure grounds of the mansion house.
The hospital continued to run until the early 1990s when it was moved to Southport. The hall known as the ranch by many graffiti writers suffered a major fire in July 2004 and in 2009 demolition commenced on site to all of the remaining buildings except the cast concrete water tower.