July 14, 2011
raised over state of Burnham's vandalism-hit Manor House
in Burnham-On-Sea have this week expressed concerns about the
deteriorating condition of a once proud town landmark.
Manor House in Burnham's Manor Gardens has been attacked by vandals
in recent weeks, with eight windows boarded up by a security firm
while others are smashed, as pictured here.
The house was built in 1841 and was home to well-known Burnham
resident George Reed, who would no doubt be horrified to see it
in its current condition.
Burnham County Councillor Peter Burridge-Clayton told Burnham-On-Sea.com
this week: "In its current state, the building is a sad sight.
Iit is in a very prominent position in Burnham at the heart of
the town and no-one wants to see it deteriorate any further."
Burnham's Mayor, Cllr Michael Clarke, told Burnham-On-Sea.com
that the condition of the building is likely to be on the agenda
of the Town Council's next meeting.
is in a very poor condition, which is a concern given that it
is such a visible building," he said.
The Manor House and gardens were sold to Burnham Urban District
Council in April 1904, then in 1974 Sedgemoor District Council
took over the building for offices.
The house was later sold in February 2000 to the Ashfield Trust,
while the gardens remained in SDC's hands. But when the Ashfield
Trust moved out last year, the building was put up for sale.
A spokesman for agents Greenslade Taylor and Hunt told Burnham-On-Sea.com
on Thursday that an offer has been made for the building by a
local business, however the offer is still going through and could
take two months to complete.