HORNCLIFFE MANSION - EDENFIELD - NOV 2021

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The History…
Built in 1869 as a home for Mr Henry Hoyle Hardman, Horncliffe Mansion in Edenfield has stood for over 100 years & survived two world wars - the Grade II listed building has been left sadly to decay & is now just an empty shell. Henry Hardman owned Hardman Mill in Newhallhey, he was the son of George Hardman who was the original builder of Oakhill house in Rossendale. The Hardman family lived in the property until 1903 when the house was purchased by Myrtle Grove Mill owner Roland Rawlinson.

The house was used as a care home during the 1980s until 1993 when it was purchased & turned into a hotel/wedding venue. At the rear of the building, a large story function room was added to accommodate weddings & events. Behind the mansion also sits a once beautiful cottage & barn along with a collection of disused classic cars including several Jaguar & Mini Models.

Although no longer listed here you can see a previous listing of the property for sale for £500,000 - some of the pictures actually show a “better” state of the inside: https://www.rightmove.co.uk/properties/26528280#/?channel=COM_BUY

During recent years investors have tried to bring the house back to its former glory, a planning application to turn the property back to residential status was submitted but still this vast mansion stands empty. On 28th August 2019 - Fire Fighters were called early in the morning & spent most of the day extinguishing a fire which destroyed the remaining roof & interiors leaving this property unusable.


The Explore…
Up to recently the site was patrolled by onsite security & is still monitored via patrol that comes around every few hours/once a day it seems. Access isn’t an issue & all in all this is a very relaxed explore especially around the back of the property at the old car graveyard. Access to the main house is still possible due to the open window frames but there really is nothing left inside bar collapsed beams. The site is very overgrown so if you decide to take a visit in the summer.. get ready to battle the nettles!. Although the mansion is a write off exploring wise the cars certainly make it worth it.


The Photography...
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Thankyou for reading & enjoy the Decay!
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