‘Friends’ group bids to buy historic Cliviger mansion

The Holme, Cliviger. A080710/3b
The Holme, Cliviger. A080710/3b

A CONSERVATION group in Cliviger is bidding to buy an historic building which has fallen into disrepair.

The Holme, which is a grade two-listed Elizabethan mansion, is now in the hands of receivers and The Friends of the Holme are asking people and businesses to help with the fund-raising effort so they can buy it back for the community.

For years residents have complained the building, in Burnley Road, has become an eyesore and a target for fly-tippers but Mrs Paula Riley, from the friends group, hopes that with the right funding, it could be restored.

If the group were to buy the building, it could then be eligible for grants to carry out repairs.

Mrs Riley has set up meetings with community leaders and is liaising with English Heritage in a bid to gain further backing for the campaign.

“We are trying to raise funds to buy the whole building so it can go back to the community,” she said.

“Once we’ve purchased it we can apply for funding. “The receivers have said they want £200,000 for it but that’s a ridiculous figure. There are lots of things it could be used for.”

“In Cliviger if you ask people about The Holme they say what a shame it is that it has fallen into such disrepair. People have memories of what it used to be like.”

For the last nine years The Holme has featured on English Heritage’s “at risk” list, which identifies historic buildings in a poor state of repair. The Holme, which dates from the 17th Century, was a nursing home until 2003 when fire caused serious

damage to the inside and roof of the building, causing it to fall into a desperate state of repair.

In 2007 Burnley Borough Council granted planning permission for it to be turned into 10 apartments but the project never came to fruition.