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Acting to Protect our Heritage

March 11, 2017 10:45 AM
In Leigh & West Leigh Focus: February 2017

Preserving Leigh's Historic Heritage Needs Constant Vigilance

Herschell House is an early nineteenth century Grade II Listed Building on Leigh Hill in a Conservation Area. It is named after the Rev. Ridley Herschell who lived there when he was school master for the Lady of the Manor and left a lasting impression on Leigh.

Herschell House

Historic Herschell House stands on Leigh Hill just below the churchyard

So it was very sad that recent building operations at the site, as well as unauthorised removal of trees, have seriously harmed the house and its setting, all in violation of planning regulations.

As a member of the Development Control Committee, Carole Mulroney, with other members, went to see the site and was deeply concerned about what had happened. She praised Council officers for taking swift action to stop the damage being done.

Carole says "Thanks to Council officers for acting so quickly to take enforcement action, and to the Committee for recognising how important this building is to Leigh's history."

This article first appeared in our February 2017 Leigh and West Leigh Focus.

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