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Report - Horncliffe Mansion (Jag Mansion/Graveyard), Rossendale - April 2016

Discussion in 'Residential Sites' started by ladybrade, Apr 11, 2016.

  1. ladybrade

    ladybrade 28DL Regular User
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    The mansion was built in 1869 by a Mr. Henry Hoyle Hardman, who was the son of George Hardman, a successful local businessman who built Oakhill House (now the Rossendale Museum), in Rawtenstall. Henry was also a successful businessman just like his father, and owned Harman Mill in Newhallhey. Henry died in 1988, but his wife Emily continued to live there until she died a few years later in 1896. The house was then passed down to Annie Hardman and she lives there until the early 1900's. The house and it's contents were then sold to a Mr. Roland Rawlinson, who owned Myrtle Grove Mill in Waterfood.

    In the 1960's, Lancashire County Council operated a car home for the elderly at the house until sometime in the 1980s. Whilst it was a car home, it was still known as Horncliffe House, however when it was subsequently sold on in 1993, it was turned into a hotel and function venue, being re-named Horncliffe Mansion (as it's known today) in the process. The operators at the time were Horncliffe Mansions Ltd, but the limited company was dissolved in June 2009 and the hotel closed.

    It appears that the mansion was then passed back to private ownership, and apparently the new owner; a property developer, is trying to get permission to change the house back into a residential dwelling. Apparently, the owner started work in his youth as a florists assistant and used to deliver flowers to the house when it was a care home; he always said at the time he would love to own the house.

    To the rear of the building is a large, modern, single storey function room, big enough to seat several hundred people. There was also a conservatory or "ball room" to the side of the mansion, but that has been knocked down over the years.

    The Mansion was abandoned circa 2008/09, and has fallen quickly into a state of disrepair. It almost seems a waste to see such a beautiful building ruined like it is, possibly beyond repair.

    And of course, the mansion is famous for hosting the "jag graveyard" where many cars are stuck in the water bogged mess that is the 'back garden.'

    I thoroughly enjoyed this explore and will definitely go back in the near future.

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    I remember walking round this place freely when all the floors were still present and correct.

    How things change in a year or so!
     
  3. ladybrade

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    Yeah a few people have said that, it seems to have deteriorated rather quickly! We had to be very careful and mainly stuck to the sides of floors/stairs.
     
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    Nice to see inside again, lots of reports lately have just been of the cars :(
     
  5. ladybrade

    ladybrade 28DL Regular User
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    Thats probably because it was an absolute pain to get inside! People can't be bothered. Both the inside and the cars are wrecked unfortunately :banghead
     
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