Tourists could be invited to tour round historic landmark

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DONCASTER’S landmark Mansion House is set to open its doors to coach parties under plans being drawn up.

The final full Doncaster Council meeting at the 250-year-old venue was held last week, and the function will switch to a new council chamber in the new civic offices on Thursday, January 17.

About 135 elected member meetings, covering issues like planning and licensing, and including eight full council meetings, were held at Mansion House last year.

Now the authority is looking at introducing more public open days, and building up the current events programme at Mansion House.

There will be more afternoon teas and special events such as music evenings.

In the longer term, the council is looking to promote the Mansion House to tourists through coach party tours and as the perfect place for corporate hospitality.

The Mansion House was built by local builder John Thompson, completed in 1748, and opened officially on April 15, 1749.

Mayor of Doncaster, Peter Davies, said: “The Mansion House is a great attraction as it is one of only three in England, the others being in York and London. It is fantastic that more people will get the opportunity to enjoy its splendour.

“Now councillors and members of the public will be able to experience meetings in the purpose-built council chamber which is the focal point of the new civic offices.”

The Mansion House cost £8,000 to build. The first Mayor to live in the Mansion House was Robert Seaton in 1750 and the last was Alderman George Tuby in 1922 although he spent only three nights there as he found it ‘claustrophobic’.

Some staff have already moved into the new offices.