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Slaidburn historic home no longer ‘at risk’
9:48am Friday 11th October 2013 in News
AN 18th century mansion has been ‘brought back to life’ following extensive repair and renovation work.
Townhead mansion in Slaidburn, which was built in 1732, had fallen into rack and ruin after almost 40 years of neglect.
But after being taken over five years ago by new owners, hundreds of thousands of pounds have been spent to restore the property to its former glory.
As a result of the extensive work, which included completely replacing the roof and repairing the floors and stonework, the mansion has been taken off English Heritage’s Heritage At Risk register.
Originally built for the Wigglesworth family, the mansion was used as a family home until the start of the 1900s, when it was primarily used as a shooting lodge until the start of the Second World War.
It housed evacuees from East London during the war and was then used to prepare meals for Slaidburn’s primary school until the 1970s when it was abandoned.
Charles Smith, principal heritage at risk adviser for English Heritage in the North West, said: “This is a real success story and all of the hard work that the new owners have put into the property has paid off.
“The mansion has had a chequered history since the start of the 20th century and there was a lot of work to be done after it was taken over five years ago. A lot of damage had been done to the house because of being neglected for so many decades.
“The end result is fantastic and the owners have really brought the mansion back to life.
“It was a great project to be involved with and it’s very satisfying to finally remove it from our Heritage At Risk register.”
The new owners are intending to use the mansion as a family home for the foreseeable future.
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