The Mayor Returns To Milnshaw House!

The Mayor Returns To Milnshaw House!

At Cummins Mellor we love hearing about the history of our head office, Milnshaw House on Whalley Road, Accrington and have acknowledged this by re-naming our newly refurbished training centre ‘The Coach House’ after its original purpose 148 years ago.IMG_2081

Milnshaw House was built in 1867 by Mr. William Entwistle, the fourth Mayor of Accrington, to house his large family of eight children, twenty six grandchildren and at the time of his death in 1909, 10 great grandchildren.

As part of the final refurbishment and modernisation of the premises, the building formally used as the old coach house and stables has been fully renovated.

Paying tribute to the original occupant of Milnshaw House, we invited Councillor Marlene Haworth and Dorothy Berry, the current Mayor and Mayoress of Hyndburn to officially open the new training facility on Wednesday 19th August.

Commenting on the opening, our Managing Director Michelle Mellor said; “We decided to name our new training building “The Coach House” in recognition of its historical use and because of the play on words with coaching, training and teaching.

The ground level now boasts a fully equipped meeting and training room which will allow us to carry out staff meetings and training sessions in a comfortable, relaxed environment. The top floor space, used primarily as additional storage, now has a walk in shower room and toilet facilities.

Many of our team are keen sports people, with cycling and running key passions amongst them. These facilities will enable our staff to ride or run to work in the mornings and freshen up before starting their day.

Cummins Mellor’s ethos is a true reflection of Accrington’s motto ‘Industry and Prudence Conquer’ and this project is an example of our continued commitment to local employment, investment and development of our team and services.”SMALL

We also tracked down William’s Great, Great Granddaughter, Jane Ross who’s grandmother shared many happy family memories with her as a child, commented;

“William would be delighted to know Milnshaw House is still as thriving and busy with lots of activity and people, just how my Great, Great Grandfather liked it to be.

Milnshaw House was always a happy, family place and seeing it recently brought my Grandmother’s stories to life. My great, great Grandfather, whilst very public spirited and active in the community lived a simple life “early to bed, early to rise” was one of his mottos and he was keen on outdoor exercise.

Being around his family was the most important to him and I can see that the people working at Cummins Mellor continue with the same real family feel”.

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