A spotlight on history of Chaigley Manor

THIS week, with the help of Derek Hicks, chairman of Longridge Local History Society, I'm taking a look at Chaigley Manor and two pictures taken during the First World War.

The current Chaigley Manor was built as a manor house in 1857 and is now a grade two listed building.

It replaced previous manor houses and there have been buildings on the site since at least 1615.

The picture (right) shows a front view of the manor and its main entrance along with the dominating rows of chimneys on the roof surrounded by an iron railing fence.

The picture of Belgian refugees (below) was taken during the first world war and these 51 refugees stayed at the manor as guests of the Co-operative Wholesale Society.

They included school teachers and a hotel keeper and all of them were from Antwerp.

In 1923 the manor was bought by the people of the Hyndburn area of East Lancashire to provide a place for the borough's young people to go on holiday.

It has been a convalescent home and in more recent years was an educational and resource centre for schools from across the country, who sent classes of pupils on holiday there.

In 1996 it was used as a film location for 'Hetty Wainthropp Investigates' starring Patricia Routledge.

It closed in 2001 and the trustees blamed money problems and foot and mouth for the closure.

The trust sold the building for 605,000 and it is now a private house.