£250,000 price tag for Leyland's "smallest house"

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A Leyland house that was originally sold for £180 has gone on the market for £250,000.

The price rise equates to a 1400 per cent increase – albeit it has taken a full 113 years to happen!

The owners of Salt Poy Cottage on Golden Hill Lane bought it four-and-a-half years ago and at one stage it was Leyland's smallest house.

It was originally built by a farmer as a one up, one down cottage so that his two daughters could live next door to his farmhouse.

Since current owners Alan and Lorraine Parkinson moved in, it's grown and grown – and its value has rocketed from 120,000 to 250,000.

The original deeds, which date back to May 28, 1894, when the house and land was sold for 180, hang on the wall but Lorraine, 52, has been told it's at least another 60 years older.

The deeds say that John Waddecar, a Leyland farmer sold it to George Morris of Leyland, a foreman in 1894.

Alan, 55, added: "It was built before the Fishwicks Bus Garage, which was built in 1907, and has just celebrated its centenary, and the farmer must have owned all the land."

The couple are still in love with the historic home, but want to move to France.

Lorraine explained: "It's a lovely house, it's just that we really want to move abroad and if we don't do it now we never will do. But we're not desperate to sell, if we could take the house with us, we would!"

Alan says the house holds a lot of memories, including their wedding reception last year.

Their favourite room is the kitchen, and if they don't manage to sell, the DIY expert has plans to build a double extension to add a third bedroom.

He said: "It's gorgeous, you'll fall in love with it, it's a lovely place. It needs the right type of person looking for the right kind of property, it's very low maintenance and we've done a lot of work."

Alan, a HGV driver for A1 skips, said the couple would love a similar historic home in France.

Salt Poy Cottage is detached and contains two bedrooms, a living room, dining kitchen, office and an integral single garage. There are gardens to the front and rear, with parking for three to four cars.

Inside, the house still shows off many original features such as exposed beams.

Back in May, the Guardian revealed a challenger to the title of Leyland's smallest house - 10a Slater Lane, a semi-detached bungalow on sale for 95,000.

But the Parkinsons reckon theirs has the weight of history on its side, and they are trying to track down the former owner Justin Bailey for more information.

Anyone who is interested in buying 132 Golden Hill Lane should contact the Leyland branch of Entwistle Green estate agents on 01772 421885.

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