Burnley pub turned into apartments

The Mayor and Mayoress of Burnley Coun. David Heginbotham and Mrs Joan Heginbotham join Steve and Kathleen Birch at the offical opening of the Grey Mare Apartments. A051211/4

The Mayor and Mayoress of Burnley Coun. David Heginbotham and Mrs Joan Heginbotham join Steve and Kathleen Birch at the offical opening of the Grey Mare Apartments. A051211/4

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LAST orders have been well and truly called on a historic pub transformed into smart new apartments.

The Grey Mare Inn on Gannow Lane, a once-popular hostelry that had become derelict in recent years, is set to thrive again in the form of trendy apartments.

And the Mayor of Burnley, Coun. David Heginbotham, gave his seal of approval to the development at the opening of Grey Mare Apartments.

The pub closed around four years ago and had become run down and used as a drugs den causing misery to police and residents alike.

Now, thanks to One Stop Refurbs Ltd, the former pub now boasts five modern one-bedroom apartments and one commercial unit.

Owner Steve Birch said: “My aim is to promote Burnley, its history and unrecognised architectural beauty. After many months of hard work, dedication and considerable cost the building has been given a new lease of life.

“This is our first, and hopefully one of many, regeneration projects that we are planning to complete in the future.”

Mr Birch, who runs his company with wife Kathleen, has created an office space in the building for his business.

One Stop Refurbs has carried out renovations on old, derelict properties around the region, and Mr Birch said he is now looking at other former pubs in Burnley.

The pub had a long association with the area and was originally built as a watering hole for nearby canal workers. In 1824 it was known as the Grey Horse Hotel and 10 years later had changed to the Grey Mare.