Top Ten Endangered Buildings 2021: Horncliffe House, Lancashire, Grade-II listed, Architect Unknown, 1869

Horncliffe House’s ornate exterior is almost all that remains of this once grand residence. Originally built as a private dwelling for Henry Hoyle Hardman, a local mill owner and businessman, the building went through several uses, including an old people’s home and hotel, before closing in 2007. In 2008, an application to convert it back to a single dwelling was rejected, and the house was subsequently abandoned. A fire in 2019 devasted the interior, which by then was already seriously dilapidated.

Horncliffe House’s ornate exterior is almost all that remains of this once grand residence. Originally built as a private dwelling for Henry Hoyle Hardman, a local mill owner and businessman, the building went through several uses, including an old people’s home and hotel, before closing in 2007. In 2008, an application to convert it back to a single dwelling was rejected, and the house was subsequently abandoned. A fire in 2019 devasted the interior, which by then was already seriously dilapidated.

While its striking and ornate interiors with plaster mouldings and colourful wall paintings were lost to the fire, the exterior retains its finely-dressed stone and carved decorations, and an arched and columned entrance portico. The building requires extensive works to save it from total collapse – and even more works to restore it to its former glory.


Griff Rhys Jones said: “Horncliffe House is a beautiful building with an unlucky history. The tragic fire that destroyed most of its interior was almost the last nail in its coffin, but the exterior still shows its grand history and potential for salvation... ... This is Horncliffe’s House’s last chance. Extensive works need to be done to make sure it continues to survive, but its easy-access location just off the A56, and striking appearance, would make it an ideal restoration project. It would be wonderful to find a business or individual willing to take up this challenge and bring this fascinating piece of Lancashire’s history back to life.”


Photo Credit: Anne Hodgson, David French



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