Work halts on historic Burnley pub renovation

Duke of York pub, Colne Road, Burnley.
Duke of York pub, Colne Road, Burnley.

Mystery again surrounds the future of a historic landmark Burnley pub after renovation work ground to a halt.

The Burnley Express revealed in May that the Duke of York, a prominent listed building in Colne Road, had been bought by an un-named Burnley businessman and refurbishment work soon started.

But that work appears to have stopped in recent weeks.

The pub, built in 1881 on the site of an older building from the 1820s, has been empty for several years, and the buyer claimed he wanted to open an Indian restuarant on the site.

Mr Ali Anwar, senior salesman for Imana Estates, which sold the pub, said in May the new owner was planning to spend a lot of money refurbishing the building.

But the estate agents told the Express this week they have no idea why work has stopped.

It is believed the pub was bought for around £150,000.

In recent years, the Duke of York has had somewhat of a chequered history, being damaged in the 2001 disturbances and also being used as a cannabis factory.

The building is situated on the site of a former toll bar. When the Burnley Militia was formed in 1853, the men paraded and practices in a field near the Duke of York Hotel three times a day.