Lee House

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The ruins of Lee House are located on the path of the Anglezarke Woodland Trail, near High Bullough Reservoir.

Lee House - and the associated Clog Inn- were the probable hub of the industry surrounding Lester Mill.

Lee House – and the associated Clog Inn- were the probable hub of the industry surrounding Lester Mill.

The sale of the house, along with Brook House and Leicester Mill Quarry, took place on 14th September, 1868, at the Royal Oak Hotel, Chorley.

Lee House, Brook House, Stones House and Jepson's Farm.

Lee House, Brook House, Stones House and Jepson’s Farm.

This is great walking around here- the old quarries provide a superb hunting spot for local falcons.

Lee House aka The Old Clog Inn, an inn of some repute!

The National Archives shows the sale of the house at http://apps.nationalarchives.gov.uk/a2a/records.aspx?cat=055-ddx86&cid=-1#-1 and whilst you cannot view the documents online, the originals are available at Chorley Library if you know where to look.

Brook House, and Lee House, up for auction.

Brook House, and Lee House, up for auction.

I asked the library assistant if I could perhaps look at some original documents, and before long, I was wading carefully through huge boxes of original plans from 150 years ago…

Lee House Lot 1.

Lee House Lot 1.

We can see in the photograph above that Lee House comprised of a house, barn and stable, along with two meadows, a millstone grit quarry, and pasture land.

Lee House, Auction Map.

Lee House, Auction Map.

The above image shows the actual building plans, I believe there is only one copy of this map in existence, and this is the first time it has been reproduced online – with permission from Chorley Library, of course.

Lee House, Auction Map zoomed in.

Lee House, Auction Map zoomed in.

The above close-up shows the detail very clearly, with a track running through the centre of the farm, and three larger buildings, with two smaller outbuildings.

This area looks so different now

The bottom, L-shaped building was the wheelwrights shop.  By the track here, on the reservoir side, was an old tree that was very well grown in 1880.  The tree was known as Old Tom, and the wheelwright nailed apparatus on the tree as a jig for forming cartwheel hoops.  In 1995, the tree was felled, and I am sure the fallen oak is still there.

Lee House - The Clog Inn

Lee House – The Clog Inn

The largest of the buildings above included a pub known as The Clog Inn.  I believe there was a row of buildings in this section, comprising a house as well as the pub which appeared to be a converted hay barn or shippon.  Believed to be resident at this time was a James Catterall, who married a Mary Baxendale here, and they had three children – Sarah, Ralph and Caroline.

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  1. Paul

    I just found something that you may find of use to add to the pages: it is from About Rivington, John Rawlinson, 1969, page 72

    “Lester Mill Quarries get their name from an old small textile mill situated on the bank of the Yarrow at the foot of the tall bluff which is the end of Bradley Wood. There is now no trace of the mill, which was in existence in the early years of the nineteenth century and Roger Lester was living in Anglezarke in 1769. The stone quarries, now idle, produced a very good quality paving stone and were very busy during the period 1880-1920, millions of (stone setts and kerbs going to pave the roads and streets in the Manchester, Salford and Eccles districts. Thirty-six horses were kept employed, mostly carting the dressed stone to Adlington railway station, where a large quantity was stored pending loading into railway wagons. Employment was found for a large gang, of quarrymen and numbers of sett-makers, and two blacksmiths’ were kept busy sharpening tools and keeping the horses shod.”

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