On the site of Yewbarrow Lodge apartments in the centre of Grange-over-sands, once stood a 19-Century house of the same name.
In 1915 the the owner, Arthur Leigh, died when the SS Lusitania was sunk.
In 1919 the 15 acre estate was bought by Lt.Col. Austin Porritt, a director of the Ramsbottom textile firm, Porritt & Spencer Ltd.
He instructed a renowned landscape design firm of Thomas Mawson to create formal gardens.
At the beginning of World War Two, Yewbarrow Lodge took in young evacuees from Salford.
In 1941 the house was hit by an incendiary bomb and badly damaged.
Fortunately, nobody was killed, but the building was badly damaged and Lt. Col. Porritt spent the rest of his years living in the nearby Grange Hotel.
Austin Porritt was a champion archer, and in the 1930s the lawn area served as a practice ground.
In his will Austin Porritt bequeathed the Lodge, garden and woodland to Grange Urban District Council.
His instruction was for the space to be left as an open space for the benefit of the inhabitants of Grange.
In the 1980s, the ruined house was demolished to make way for today’s apartments.