Flush buyer pays £70k for toilet block

The public toilet block on High Street, Wombwell, Barnsley
The public toilet block on High Street, Wombwell, Barnsley
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It’s far from the most luxurious residence - but a buyer has spent almost £70,000 on a tiny block of toilets which went under the hammer in Sheffield.

The public convenience on High Street in Wombwell, Barnsley, had a guide price of £20,000, but eventually sold for £67,000 – £27,000 more than a terraced house on the market nearby.

Barnsley Council sold the toilets in the auction, and around six interested parties put bids in to quickly bump up the price. It is understood the winner is a private buyer from Doncaster.

The toilets were closed earlier this year after the council was unable to pay for the upkeep.

Local businessman and bar owner Arthur O’Loughlin had been interested in purchasing, and participated in the auction, but pulled out when the price soared.

Adrian Little, from Sheffield auction house Mark Jenkinson and Son, said: “I’ve sold around 10 or 12 toilets in a career of more than 30 years, but these are the ones that have brought in the most.”

Just 900 yards from the toilets, for £40,000, a buyer could pick up a two-bed terraced home. The property has only one toilet - but does offer a kitchen, double bedrooms, heating and gardens.