Emergency work to save historic canal cottage

Canalside cottage on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal

Canalside cottage on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal

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Work to safeguard one of the oldest canalside cottages on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal is set to get underway ahead of a potential major restoration project.

The Canal and River Trust charity is carrying out emergency repairs to the historic cottage at Finsley Gate Wharf in Burnley to protect its basic structure before major works can take place.

These buildings have such a great story to tell and we want to ensure that future generations can enjoy and learn from them

Ian Sprott

Canal and River Trust development surveyor Ian Sprott said: “The emergency work we’re carrying out to the cottage is vital to ensure the building doesn’t fall into further disrepair.

“These historic canal buildings have been vacant for the last 15 years and both the Trust and the Heritage Lottery Fund are very keen to see them preserved and brought back into use again.

“These buildings have such a great story to tell and we want to ensure that future generations can enjoy and learn from them.”

The repairs will involve removing the current slate roof, with a temporary roof being installed to allow the cottage to dry out.

A permanent roof will be fitted as part of the long-term restoration plans.

Finsley Gate Wharf, known locally as Mile Wharf, is one of the oldest wharves on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and includes three listed warehouses, a listed canal cottage, outbuilding, former blacksmith forge and boat slipway, dating from between 1700 and 1830.

The disused canal wharf in Burnley’s Weavers’ Triangle conservation area is to be rescued and restored by the Trust, thanks to £2m. of earmarked funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Trust was awarded a development funding grant of £262,500 from the fund supplemented by £26,800 from the Trust.

Part of the Weavers’ Triangle conservation area, this funding aims to revitalise Mile Wharf through the creation of new enterprises including a boat repair yard, restaurant, rental cottage and visitor moorings.