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FOR SALE R0835 - Stone Barn at Hawksclough, Preston Road, Clayton-le-Woods, Chorley, PR6 7EJ


Planning Permission for conversion into 4-bedroom residence

Within the grounds of a Grade II Listed Building

Secluded little known enclave

Surrounded by the extensive rolling expanse of Cuerden Valley Park

Gardens and grounds of 0.213 acres (0.086 hectares) or thereabouts



Located some 330 yards (300 m) down a private lane that threads its way through mature woodland to the tranquil and secluded enclave of Hawksclough, a stone built barn on which Planning Permission has been obtained for conversion into a 4-bedroom residence.

It is situated within the grounds of Hawksclough Farm, a Grade II Listed Building of significant local interest both architecturally and historically as it was the place where Mass was held secretly in the Reformation and later until the opening of St Bedes RC Church in 1824. Because of its association with the De Hougton family who were associated with William Shakespeare and Catholic sympathisers there is a story that Shakespeare may well have visited and stayed at Hawksclough.

It provides the rarely available opportunity of converting into an individual residence in an idyllic setting with generous gardens of 0.213 acres or thereabouts benefitting from the shelter and seclusion of the surrounding mature woodland which provides a haven for local wildlife including roaming roe deer.

Comprehensive neighbourhood amenities are close by in Clayton-le- Woods and Bamber Bridge and it is within minutes driving distance of the junctions where the M6, M61 and M65 converge and consequently is most convenient for surrounding Central Lancs towns and cities and for commuting to Manchester.


From Junction 29 on the M6 (Junction 1 on the M65) proceed south along Preston Road (A6). After passing over the motorway bridge turn right into the private access road.


All sizes are approx

Ground Floor

Reception Hall

Cloakroom / WC


Dining Kitchen

Side Porch

Utility Room

First Floor

Gallery Landing

Bedroom 1 with En-Suite Shower Room

3 further Bedrooms


Purchasers may choose to vary or amend the internal design to meet their family requirements.


Gardens front, side and rear amounting to 0.213 acres (0.86 hectares).


Planning Permission was granted to alter and convert the building to Dwellinghouse on the 24th July 2017 (Application No. 16/01195/FUL). Listed Building Consent was granted on the 23rd June 2017 (Application No. 17/00097/LBC).

Planning Permission has also been obtained to convert the brick built store which is also offered For Sale at the sum of £150,000.

The description of a Farmhouse for its Grade II Listing is as follows:-

“SD 52 SE Clayton-le-Woods Preston Road 3/77 Hawksclough Farmhouse 17.4.1967 (Formerly listed as Hawksclough) – II Farmhouse, c. 1700 Brick, stone slate roof with 2 gable chimneys (that on left cut short) and one chimney behind the ridge. L-shaped plan with 2-storey extension to the left. Three stores, symmetrical, 3 bays, bands on 2 levels; central doorway with gauged brick head and modern glazed porch; 2 large ground floor windows, 2 above them at 1st floor and a smaller 1st floor window in the centre all have gauged segmental brick heads and altered glazing; 2nd floor has oblong casement windows of 3, 2 and 3 lights (apparently blocked). Details of rear and interior not available at survey, but interior said to include small panelled priest’s robing room. History: house occupied in early C18 by Burges family (descendants of C16 bailiff to Townleys of Burnley) whose home was used for Catholic Mass during penal times, until the opening of St Bedes (q.v.) in 1824.”


The footprint of the building and front garden area is Freehold. Rear and side garden is Leasehold for the residue of a term of 150 years from 2018 subject to a nominal Ground Rent of £10 per annum.


Right of way will be granted along the access road subject to an obligation to contribute towards repair and maintenance.


Electricity and water supplies are connected to Hawksclough and therefore presumed to be available but purchasers should make their own enquiries.

Foul drainage will have to be provided by installing a waste water treatment plant with effluent discharging into the nearby water course (subject to Environment Agency consent).