Staley Hall to be restored – sort of

Stayley Hall, Stayleybridge

There appears to be an end in sight for the sorry saga of the neglect of Staley Hall in Staleybridge.  After being derelict for over 50-years, the grade-II listed, 400-year old house has been subject to indifference and some council apathy which has led to arson and massive deterioration in the fabric of the building.  All that remains now are the outer walls – all roofs, interior walls, floors, and decoration have been lost.  The building has reached such a poor condition that – although it pains me to say it – the developer’s proposal to demolish the shell and then reconstruct it as the facade for apartments does seem to be the only viable solution.

All this might have been avoided if the local council had taken this issue in hand at any time over the last few decades – such negligence is unfortunately all too common up and down the country as hard-pressed planning departments face budget and manpower cuts.  Unfortunately it’s the nation’s heritage which pays the price.

Full story: ‘‘Saddest house in England’ to be turned into flats‘ [Crain's Manchester Business]

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An amateur architectural historian with a particular love of UK country houses in all their many varied and beautiful forms.
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