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3 bedroom commercial property for sale

Radcliffe Road, Bolton

Offers in Region of £250,000

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  • Business for sale

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Bolton can certainly claim more than its fair share of famous names! A quick Google search will reveal people like Samuel Crompton, inventor of the Spinning Mule which revolutionised cotton spinning in the late 1700s, Tommy Banks and Nat Lofthouse, BWFC and England football legends, and more recently the likes of Peter Kay, comedy heavyweight, and Amir Khan, boxing light-welterweight! For what is still a town in the former industrial North West of England, Bolton punches well above its weight when it comes to celebrities.

And if you want a real character, what about Bolton's own Dr. Fred Dibnah MBE! Born in April 1938, Fred was, and indeed still is, loved by many for his gentle Lancastrian manner, philosophical outlook and his passion for all things steam. He was voted the greatest Lancastrian of the century for many years running, and his home is one of, if not the, most photographed homes in Lancashire.

Greenwood James are therefore delighted to have the opportunity to seek out a suitable new owner for Fred's former home (by separate sale) and substantial steam works.

The house itself was originally built in 1854 and was used as a park keepers lodge. It is a Grade II listed building of a somewhat unique design, appearing to be single storey when viewed from the road, but being two storey at the rear. The house is being sold separately through our residential arm but can be purchased with the Heritage Centre.

The current owners have spent a great deal of time, effort and money to bring the magic back to Fred's works. You can somehow still see the shadow of Fred moving between the buildings, doing what he knew so well. Many of his original tools and equipment are still in place and the shaft which he dug to show steam power in all its glory sits at the centre of this magnificent working memorial to both the wonderful age of steam and the man who loved it so much. There is also the fantastic 50ft chimney that Fred built himself, which has had a major repair carried out on it by the current owners and is a major feature of the site.

There is fantastic potential for opening more hours and increasing turnover significantly when the yard returns to steam power, which is imminent. The Centre enjoys coach loads of visitors from all over the UK and this has built year on year and continues to build steadily.

Fred's enormous collection of rare and priceless Victorian artefacts, engines, machinery, tools and antiques increase in value each year and they will continue to do so into the future offering fantastic value for money and representing a unique investment opportunity.

The Centre has a retail outlet with excellent sales and again, great potential for increasing online sales.

There are regular trips to the centre and some rather special events have been hosted in the grounds over the years. Have a look at this clip of a brass band playing on the lawns :

The current owners operate the Heritage Centre as a business (accounts available upon request), running tours of the works and house, and even offering overnight stays in a guest bedroom in the house for the real Fred enthusiasts. Local volunteers, some of whom knew Fred, help with the running of the centre and would be useful assets to a new owner who was looking to maintain the operation of the centre.
Further options are also open to a buyer - a charitable trust has been set up, which could be continued, to aid with the running of the heritage centre, and this trust could apply for Lottery Funding to further enhance the centre and the experience for those visiting it.

This really is a chance in a lifetime to own something very special and preserve a piece of our heritage by continuing the significant work which has already been undertaken by the current owners to take the project up to the next level.

(NB - this listing relates to the Heritage Centre only - details of the house are provided for information only for parties interested in both)

Overview - The house itself was originally built around1854 and was used as a park keepers lodge. It is a Grade II listed building of a somewhat unique design, appearing to be single storey when viewed from the road, but being two storey at the rear. The current owners also operate the adjoining Heritage Centre as a business, running tours of the works and house, and even offering overnight stays in a guest bedroom in the house for the real Fred enthusiasts. Greenwood James are also acting for the sale of the adjoining Heritage Centre which means that there is the opportunity to either own and run the business or to receive a rental income from the site. Please contact us for further details.

Lower Hall - 3.06m x 1.15m (10'0" x 3'9") - Door leading into the hall with tiled floor. Access to the pantry area with shelving.

Dining Room - 3.80m x 3.00m (12'6" x 9'10") - Window to the rear elevation. Parquet flooring. Beams to ceiling and walls. Unique feature fireplace built by Fred himself. Radiator.

Lounge - 3.94m x 3.66m (12'11" x 12'0") - Window to the front elevation. Stone fireplace. Beams to ceiling and walls. Radiator.

Kitchen - 6.06m x 3.05m (19'11" x 10'0") - Windows to the front and side elevations. Door to the front elevation. Range of base units with contrasting work surfaces and matching wall mounted cabinets. Four burner gas hob. Integrated fridge, freezer and dishwasher. Plumbed for washing machine. "Rayburn" stove. Tiled floor. Radiator.

Upper Hall - Door and windows to the rear elevation. "Secret" storeroom with drawbridge.

Bedroom - 4.04m x 3.65m (13'3" x 12'0") - Windows to the front and rear elevations. Built in wardrobe. Wooden floor. Radiator.

Bedroom - 4.03m x 3.23m (13'3" x 10'7") - Windows to three elevations. Built in wardrobes. Cast iron fireplace. Radiator.

Bedroom - 3.36m x 2.82m (11'0" x 9'3") - Window to the front elevation. Fireplace. Storage cupboard.

Bathroom - Window to the front elevation. Four piece suite comprising; bath with

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Key Features
Period Detached House
Three Bedrooms
Lounge & Dining Room
En Suite & Bathroom
Driveway Parking
Superb Rear Garden

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