CHURCHFIELD HOUSE, GREAT HARWOOD
Churchfield House, built by Surgeon Henry Ainsworth Grime in 1852, takes its name from the land on which it stands. Some have called it ‘Great Harwood’s own Stately Home’ and as you look at it standing majestically above the town you may well agree. In 1857 Henry Grime sold the house to Joseph Haydock a Wine and Spirit Merchant and on Josephs death in 1885 the house was inherited by Milton the youngest of Joseph’s three children.
Milton like his father before him cared deeply for the welfare of the people of Great Harwood spending most of his adult life in the service of the town. He was a long standing member of the local board and became a councillor in 1895 when the Urban District council was formed.
Milton, wanted everyone to have the same opportunities he had. So much so, that in his will he left, his house, his artefacts and the grounds in the care of the Urban District Council for the use and enjoyment of the people of Great Harwood.
The house has undergone many changes since Milton’s death in 1926 and now a new chapter in its history has begun. The Churchfield House Trust has been formed to breathe new life into it by restoring it to its former glory and encouraging as many local people and organizations as possible to use the house for wedding parties, celebrations, fundraising events, corporate events or community group meetings.
Set in its own grounds, adjacent to St Bartholomew’s Church in the old Lancashire mill town of Great Harwood, stands the iconic period building of Churchfield House. Once home to Milton and Janet Haydock this valuable community asset is now available for hire and use:
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