History

Fence Gate

Fence Gate is steeped in history and has a close relationship with Sir Jonas Moore who was ultimately responsible for the introduction of the Greenwich Mean Time, Pendle Witches who not only resided in the area and was alleged to have met in the area at Blacko Tower

There has been a building on the site of Fence Gate since 1402.  The area was originally known as Fence Yate.  The area of Fence was so named because ithe entire valley was once completely fenced off to provide Cromwell with a deer- hunting park around the time of William the Conqueror.  The present property was built in 1782 and was originally known as Fence Yate and was home to the Grimshaw family for many years were local squires.  Over the years it became Fence Gate and by the mid 1850’s the property was home to a Mr Hartley a local wealthy cotton merchant who also ran his business from the house which was the Dower House for Cotton.  Cotton was purchased from the local community and then stored on the second and third story of the building prior to its transportation to the cities by road or the newly constructed Leeds/Liverpool canal or the railway system.  Cotton bales were broken down at Fence Gate and delivered to crofters’ cottages for spinning.  Mr Hartley was disabled and used to hold field days for the local children who could come and play on his land and in return were expected to sing for him.

From the return of the century, the property was a private house for a doctor and his family until being purchased some thirty years ago by an oil merchant and converted into a small restaurant.  After supplying only the best quality meats to the owners, Kevin Berkins a local established Master Butcher who trained in his family business from the age of 14 and ventured on his own from 19 years old went on to own 5 town centre butchers and freezer shops in and around Burnley & Pendle felt Fence Gate was a natural progression and decided to purchased the property in 1982. 

Over the years Fence Gate has been lovingly and extensively modernised and extended which has transformed this beautiful 18th century Georgian property to incorporate a traditional public bar, 102-seater brasserie and two function rooms catering up to 350 guests. 

Innovation is also the key to success.  In 2016 we were awarded the Guinness World Record for the ‘Most Gins Commercially Available’ that’s some 623 bottles and you will see many of them displayed in Fence Gate today, now approximately 1000. 

In 2017, Fence Gate celebrated 35 years in business and is still run as a family business by a close-knit father and daughter team with Managing Director Kevin Berkins at the helm.

The recent addition in 2017 of a luxurious 24-bedroom hotel with additional function room at Fence Gate Lodge now enables us to complete our guest experience for corporate and leisure guests alike.  The Lodge offers luxury bedrooms, Suites and an Apartment.  You will see expense has not been spared, enjoying wet rooms finished with granite tops, Villeroy & Bosch double sinks in every bathroom, luxurious fabrics and bed linen picked and the design undertaken by Kevin Berkins himself.  The attention to detail is not to be missed. 

Fence Gate Lodge now offer and facilitate all manner of celebrations from weddings to milestone birthday parties, charity balls, corporate events and presentation dinners, or for the ultimate experience hire Fence Gate Lodge for an exclusive use takeover.