There are two buildings in Rishton (one really) that seems to baffle people. This is the building known locally as the "White House".
Built in 1861 by Henry Petre, owner of the Dunkenhalgh estate, the white house is situated at the top of High Street, across the road from Church Street, behind the bus shelter, and is numbered 107 High Street. (Postcode BB1 4LD)
The building is called "The West House" officially, and was built in conjunction with "The East House".
The West house was, for some time Education Offices. Dates as yet unknown.
The upstairs was once one big room, ideal for meetings, but over the years has been split into 3 bedrooms.
The building was owned by the Petre family till its sale on the 10th January 1956 to Christopher Thomas Montgomery. The owners at this time were Robert Charles Petre and Walter George Petre. It was sold subject to "no building now erected or hereafter to be erected on the land hereby conveyed shall be used for the purpose of an Inn or public house or club wherein intoxicating liquors may be sold".1
In 2004, the building changed ownership once more, and the cement render removed from the front of the building.
Now the East House is not talked about like the West House, this is because everybody thinks that it has always been a farm house, which couldn't be further from the truth! Were is it? I hear you ask! Well, the East House is situated on Hermitage Street, and was, for many, many years, The Sutcliffe's Farm house, until David retired in 2001.
The original farm house was situated at the end of the barn building.
After the retirement of the David Sutcliffe from the farm, the buildings were sold. Extensive renovations of the building took place in 2004, with the cement render being removed from the building.
So there we have it, East and West House, both built at the same time, both by the same person, both for a reason. The reason? Oh, I haven't found that out yet! Sorry!
1Ryan Godwin, owner of 107 High Street from the 3rd August 2004, taken from the Land registry information.