Empty Burnley school for sale for £50,000

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THE former Healey Wood School, which has stood empty for around a decade, has been put up for auction.

The school building, in Healey Wood Road, Burnley, closed in 2002 and since then several suggestions have been mooted for its use.

It has now been put up for auction by Lancashire County Council with auctioneers Pugh and Co at Old Trafford Football Ground on Thursday, February 24th.

The former school has a guide price of between £50,000 and £60,000.

The last time the building was used was in 2007 when Burnley Community Alliance refurbished it using a £25,000 grant.

Built in 1883, the tiny school was threatened with closure a number of times in its history, including in 1994 when the school had just 25 pupils. That number was a far cry from its early days when in 1903 it had 402 pupils.

Historian and councillor Roger Frost said he would like to see it used as a community building in future.

He said: “The school was built in 1883 and is a good solid late Victorian building. It was a national school when it opened which signifies it was Church of England.

“It would be good to see it utilised by a community group, but the most important thing is that it is not left to fall into a state of disrepair.”