The Diary: Stop the press: The Star’s old home could be your new flat

Bell and Buxton's landmark Sheffield offices at Telegraph House, High Street, Sheffield
Bell and Buxton's landmark Sheffield offices at Telegraph House, High Street, Sheffield
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From one Grade II listed building to another...

And hold the front page: a luxury flat in the historic spiritual home of this very newspaper has just been put up for sale.

The fourth floor apartment in iconic Kemsley House – the domed 1913 High Street building generations of Sheffielders have associated with The Star – has gone on the market for £112,500.

It comes with a double bedroom, open plan lounge and kitchen, entrance hall and bathroom. But perhaps more importantly it also comes with the opportunity to boast that this is where Star hacks once hammered out the stories which kept the city informed. Worth the price tag alone.

“It’s a stunning apartment,” says James Morris, of city estate agents Reeds Rains which is dealing with the sale. “Superbly furnished in a great city centre location and with a real history. You live here and you can literally say you’re flat is big news.”

The building – designed by city architects Gibbs, Flockton & Teather – was opened as Sheffield boomed on the back of the steel industry. It is named after Gomer Berry, 1st Viscount Kemsley, an early proprietor of this newspaper.

Today, The Star is based in adjacent York Street, while bank Santander occupies the ground floor of Kemsley House.