Inside the dilapidated 16th Century hall that once inspired a romance novel

Extwistle Hall was once owned by a prominent family
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A Grade-II* listed mansion, Extwistle Hall in Burnley was once the embodiment of wealth, class and status. But today, the structure paints a very different picture.

Built in 1585, the Tudor-style Hall was owned by the Parker family, headed by Robert Parker who had bought the land from Kirkstall Abbey in 1537 after the Dissolution of the Monasteries. The Parker family occupied this for around 200 years before moving to Cuerden Hall in 1718, according to A World In Ruins.

The property on Todmorden Road was remodelled in the late 18th Century, but has always been a place to live and modelled as such. Families living there may have referred to it as a Manor House with characteristics of this, but it always remained a family property.


However, tragedy and the demise of the Hall began in the early 18th Century when a fire occurred. The head of the family was killed in the blaze which resulted in the Parkers leaving Extwistle for Cuerdale.

Inside the dilapidated Extwistle Hall
Inside the dilapidated Extwistle Hall -Credit:The OtherSide

The family still retained ownerships of the estates but it wasn't until 1920 when it was sold off.

By this time, the family line had died out and the estate was passed on to the Tattons of Wythenshawe. In a novel by John W. Kneeshaw, 'Fair Alice of Entwistle: A Romance' was serialised in the pages of the Burnley Express before being published by a local booksellers.

Locals say this as a ghost story which is thought to be set in the Hall. In early 2012, £2m plans were revealed to save and restore the Hall to its former glory. But sadly, this never came to fruition.

Extwistle Hall in Briercliffe, Burnley
Extwistle Hall in Briercliffe, Burnley

Bought by an Isle of Man-based property developer, the Hall had been empty for around 20 years before being put on the market in 2015. It had an asking price of around £500,000 but is now listed on the Historic England at Risk Register.

On the state of the building, Historic England writes: "No progress has been made on either temporary or permanent repairs, or refurbishment. The building is now in a seriously dilapidated condition and continues to deteriorate at an accelerating rate. The local authority continue to encourage the repair and re-use of the building but no solution agreed."