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Property Description

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  • 2,759 SQ FT/256.3 SQ M APPROX. EPC EXEMPT

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Tenure: Freehold

A GRADE II JACOBEAN GENTLEMAN'S RESIDENCE, HOME TO MANY OF BLACKBURN'S FORMER CIVIC DIGNITARIES, INCLUDING THE CREATOR OF VIMTO. A buyer with an understanding approach to improvement is sought. Standing in private walled gardens it has three reception rooms and five double bedrooms. (2,759 sq ft/256.3 sq m approx. EPC EXEMPT).

A charming period home in the same family ownership for one hundred years, requiring sympathetic restoration.

When approached from the centre of Blackburn, leaving on Preston New Road - shortly after passing Corporation Park which is flanked by East Park Road and West Park Road, the next turning on the right is Dukes Brow. Turn right up here first left into Adelaide Terrace. Bank House can be found on the right hand side.

Mains supplies of gas, water, electricity and drainage. Gas central heating to panelled radiators from a Ravenheat combination boiler to radiators. Council tax Band F payable to Blackburn with Darwen. We are advised the tenure is Freehold.

Additional Features
Featuring a plethora of period features, the fenestration covering various periods from the 17th century. Panelled wood doors, picture rails, stained/leaded glazing, period fireplaces and a whole host of character.

A popular residential location to the west of Blackburn providing convenient walking access to local schools, shops and facilities and transport links.

Located within the Corporation Park conservation area and one of seven properties listed for their architectural and historical value, Bank House is believed to be the oldest house in the Borough. It was from here on Christmas Day in 1642 that Sir Gilbert Hoghton of Preston conducted his famous bombardment of Blackburn, early in the English Civil War. Bank House was best known to a former generation because of the "spewing laddie" a small fountain in the shape of a naked boy. The laddie is still to be seen but is now dormant and "spews" no more. There is a pane of glass in one of the first floor windows upon which is scratched the couplet; "heaven protect this house and you until you bid this world adieu" . August 15th 1744. Having undergone major improvements in the Victorian era and modernisation in the post Edwardian era, Bank House retains most of its Jacobean features with picturesque gables, a two-storied porch and long ranges of mullioned windows surmounted by drip stones, contrasting with the wide deep windows in the Victorian elevation. The two standing stone statues in the garden depict Orpheus with a lyre and Eurydice in chains. Brimming with historical connections and esteemed former occupants most notably John Noel Nichols to whom we thank for his creation of VIMTO.

The front door is approached through an open porch with fixed bench seats and a most impressive segmental arch. The wide and welcoming reception hall has a crossed beamed ceiling and an open string staircase with three balusters per step (going) gently ascends to the first floor. The elegant drawing room displays a bank of seventeenth century stone mullioned windows whilst two deep windows with panelled reveals to a Victorian style look across the garden. There is a mid-twentieth century open grate tiled fireplace with a polished mahogany surround offering a different feel entirely. The dining room has a low slung ceiling with stout beams resting on decorative corbels and there is a mid-Victorian chimneypiece fashioned from slate with a cast iron insert and tiled hearth. The sun streams through a bank of six mullioned windows to illuminate the charming sitting room (once the living kitchen). A particularly spacious room with ceiling beams, alcove cupboards, a gas mantle and the shiny bells of the bell pull system; a reminder that previous owners of this residence were waited on "hand and foot". Time worn Yorkstone flags cover the floor of the kitchen diner which has oak fronted fitted units. There is a range style cooker beneath an extractor and plumbing for washing machine and dishwasher. A stainless steel sink unit and a shelved pantry with a stone cooling slab. Also on the ground floor is a three piece shower room comprising shower cubicle with a Mira electric shower, pedestal washbasin and low suite wc. A concealed stone staircase gives access to the cellar from here.

The break staircase with split landing gains borrowed light from a delightful stained glass sky-light, depicting an angel. The front facing master bedroom, like the drawing room beneath it, has both stone mullioned windows and multi-paned units to a Victorian design, overlooking the garden and pond. The part vaulted ceiling is of particular interest as is the marble chimneypiece with open grate fire and distinctively tiled hearth and inlays; refined elegance. It has a private dressing room trimmed out in panelled wood with a wardrobe and marbled topped set of drawers and cupboards. It is here you will see the inscription from 1744 in a glazed pane of the old sash window. The adjoining bedroom which looks over the garden is another grand double with a notable chimneypiece and part vaulted ceiling. The double bedroom facing Dukes Brow has an oriel window wide enough for a small table and chair and an ornate design cast iron open grate fire. There are two further bedrooms, both doubles, displaying exposed ceiling beams. These rooms are to a more humble standard and quite probably former servants rooms. From the landing there is a loft access hatch and a separate storage room. The house bathroom consists of a three piece suite comprising panelled bath, low suite wc and pedestal washbasin.

Within the barrel vaulted cellar there are stone cooling slabs, ceiling hooks and a window to the garden elevation.

A tree lined drive is approached through a gated entrance with substantial dressed stone gateposts; there is also a foot entrance from Dukes Brow. A magnificent horse chestnut tree dominates the other species and a delicate magnolia is planted by the front gable. Further colour is provided from a leaning laburnum, flowering cherry trees, roses and rhododendrons. Work is needed to reinvigorate the "spewing laddie" and the pond, its watchful ladies waiting in hope. This delightful garden faces south and enjoys excellent privacy; a true urban oasis. Out of sight near the fruit trees and bushes is a stonebuilt potting shed.

NB: There are tree preservation orders in force and any pruning or lopping is to be done only with permission from the relevant council officer.

Built detached but now with a dwelling abutting it, this attached home will suit the period loving aficionado. Clearly an internal inspection is absolutely essential in order to fully appreciate its true merit and potential. A family home in the true sense bought by the family one hundred years ago.

Strictly by appointment with the Agents. (PIQ available on request).

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