Blowing Sands cottage, Blackpool, up for auction with Pugh

An 18th century, grade II listed cottage that has been earmarked by historians as being one of the few remaining early dwellings from the agricultural past of Blackpool’s Marton Moss area has been put up for auction.

Appearing in this month’s online sale by auction house Pugh, the unique one-bedroom property has been given a guide price of £55,000.

Originally built as two adjoining cottages, Blowing Sands on Common Edge Road, now a single two-storey property, is built from traditional cobble and bricks with a low slate roof. The property contains a host of historic features such as wooden mullioned windows, low ceilings and original roof timbers, as well partition walls built from cobbles.

Pugh associate director Eamonn Stones said: “This property is an utterly charming and unique relic of what this area of Blackpool was like more than two centuries ago when it was mainly farmland.

“Opportunities to buy a piece of living history such as this one do not come along very often and this is an extraordinary property – a real window on a bygone age. The house has been well cared for and little altered over the years and it is well known to passers by as a remarkable and very old cottage. Needless to say we have had lots of interest from potential buyers interested in owning a unique piece of the town’s history.”

A blue plaque on the front of the cottage marks it out as part of the Blackpool Civic Trust heritage trail and states that the house now stands as ‘the representative of several similar late-18th century dwellings in the area’.

Bidding on the historic property, and the other lots in Pugh’s online auction, opens on 18 August and closes the following day. To view the full catalogue, go to the Pugh Auctions website.

Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic Pugh has sold lots totalling over £60m at its auctions, held on the firm’s online platform.