A STORY in last week’s Guardian about a vandalism attack on an historic Chorley landmark has caused Flashback to delve into its archives.
The Grade II listed Buckshaw Hall, in Buckshaw Village, has suffered a sad demise since it was built in 1654 – with windows now broken and vandals causing massive holes in the building’s 17th century walls.
Pictures uncovered in our archive, show the hall in its heyday, back in the 1920s.
Buckshaw Hall was built for private use by the Wilcock family, and later the Robinson family, and remained in private use up until the 1930s, when it was taken on by the Ministry of Defence to form part of the ROF munitions factory.
It was then transferred back into private ownership some years ago, and talks are currently ongoing with what to do with the site.
The timber-framed building is one of only two listed buildings in Buckshaw Village, the other one being Old Worden Hall, and it has been described as ‘one of the finest of its type in Lancashire’.