The building was built around 1805 by Edward BARLOW and originally named Green Hill.
In 1857 a solicitor called Alfred Grundy bought the house. Grundy expanded the building and called it Underley after the Lake District village where his wife was born. Grundy made the pond in the park with a walkway onto an island in it. He also built a fountain and laid out gardens. Alfred Grundy was a benefactor of Whitefield; he gave the land for Whitefield Park and the cricket and tennis grounds in 1890.
After passing through other hands, Whitefield Urban District Council bought the house. Further alterations were carried out when it became the Town Hall in 1933, and known as Whitefield House.
It lost this function when Whitefield joined Bury in 1974, but was used as council premises up to the 1980s.
The house was sold to a property developer, but the council retained the parkland around it. In 1998 planning permission was granted on the site for a 50-bed nursing home. This was never built, instead an out-house was knocked down in 2004 as a token to provide a 'legal start'.
In 2011 a new planning application was made for a bigger medical complex.
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