Derelict manor house is renovated

An historic manor house was given a new lease of life after being derelict for almost a century.

Worden Old Hall, in Buckshaw Village, near Chorley, was in such a poor condition it was listed on English Heritage's Buildings At Risk register since 1999.

After a three-year project the Grade II* listed manor house - once the largest in Lancashire – was returned to its former glory and taken off the register.

Architect Simon Mallam said: "Worden Old Hall is a good example of how a derelict building can be given a new lease of life.

"This spectacular old building has now been given a purpose as a modern family home."

The property, built in the 16th Century, was once the home of the Farrington family but when they moved to Worden Hall in Leyland it became a tenanted farmhouse.

In 1936 the building became part of the Royal Ordnance Factory in Euxton and was used as a storage building, gradually falling into disrepair.

Parts of the external wall collapsed, the roof was leaking and many of the floors were unstable.

Specialist architects Donald Insall Associates were drafted in to oversee the project to bring it back to life – repairing the timber frame and stablising the brickwork.

Repairs were carried out using traditional methods such as wattle and daubing.

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