The Manor Farmhouse in Kirkleatham, Redcar, Cleveland, a reminder of the area’s agricultural past, has been severely damaged by fire. The building, which is located behind Kirkleatham Business Park has Grade II listed status and dates from the mid to late 18th century.

Architectural features

The farmhouse is built from brick over a stone base and has a clay pantile roof. The front of the building is symmetrical, with sash windows and painted sills. A porch and front extension were added in the mid/late 19th century. It was once part of a larger farming complex, with barns, stables and other buildings.

Listed status, deterioration, and fire

The Grade II status means the farmhouse is recognised as being of special architectural and historic interest. However, the building’s condition has deteriorated significantly over the past 15 years, and it was already considered derelict. Yesterday, a large fire further damaged much of the structure of the main house. Cleveland Fire Brigade attended the scene at 16:27 and worked to bring the fire under control using main and hose reel jets, along with ladders to access the roof area. This incident follows a series of smaller fires at the site in recent weeks.

A piece of history

The Manor Farmhouse is an important part of Kirkleatham’s heritage, providing a glimpse into the village’s agricultural past. The recent fire underscores the vulnerability of historic structures and the importance of preservation efforts.