Burton Manor info
Burton Manor is situated in the picturesque village of Burton, its a grade 2 listed building and dates in its present form from 1904 when it was remodelled by its owner, Mr Harry Gladstone (son of the prime minister). It was requisitioned during the 2nd World War and then in 1948 became one of the first adult education colleges in the country, running day and weekend residential courses. It offered a diverse mix of courses from the ukulele, to tango weekends and silversmithing.
I enjoyed teaching my popular 1-day jewellery making classes at Burton Manor college from 2005 to 2011.
“It was such an amazing place, it felt like stepping back in time to a different era (like being transported to ‘Downtown Abbey’).
The high ceilings, warren of corridors, pretty orangery where lunch was served, amazing food and if it was sunny, having afternoon tea outside in the garden with a lovely view of the garden with its pond and fountain and beyond to the Cheshire countryside.
Unfortunately, the college was closed down in 2011 due to its maintenance costs and funding cuts by Liverpool City Council.
“I could see that the building needed money spending on it. The years of neglect, taking its toll on the fabric of the building which costs quite a lot to put right.
Although the future of Burton Manor is uncertain, there is currently a cafe, craft studios and garden projects.
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