Fears for future of 200-year-old Padiham landmark

Huntroyde Estate Gates off Arbory Drive have fallen into disrepair.
Huntroyde Estate Gates off Arbory Drive have fallen into disrepair.

A historian fears for the future of a 200-year-old Padiham landmark which he says had fallen into serious disrepair.

Former architect Duncan Armstrong says parts of the iconic Grade II listed gatehouse in Arbory Drive have suffered serious deterioration.

Mr Armstrong said parts of the castle-like structure, built around 1790 as a gateway to the Huntroyde Estate, are crumbling – with the roof damaged and trees growing through the walls.

Now he believes if nothing is done to save the structure immediately one of Padiham’s oldest buildings could be left in ruin.

He said: “This listed building and landmark within the town has been deteriorating for many years, with the process now accelerating.

“The roof has almost completely collapsed, cracks in the walls are appearing and there are trees growing from the top of the walls.

“One of the trees has already dislodged a coping stone. It is a shell and it is falling down. The precarious state of the roof presents a serious hazard to children.”

One half of the gatehouse, known as Arbory Lodge, is inhabited as a family home – but the other half is falling in to ruin.

English Heritage guidance on at-risk listed buildings said there is no statutory obligation upon the owner to keep their property in a good state of repair.

However, the organisation said local authorities can take action to secure the repair of a listed building when concerned about its continued conservation by way of an “urgent works notice” to secure repairs.

Mr Armstrong, of nearby Huntroyde Avenue, believes Burnley Council should step in to secure the future of the historic gateway.

He said: “It is a unique building. I have contacted the local authority, which has responsibility to protect historic buildings,

“They should put an enforcement order on it. in to secure the future of the historic gateway.”