Historic hall to go under the hammer

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A VICTORIAN parish hall, once the family home of one of Sheffield’s most illustrious industrialists and benefactors, is coming up for auction later this month.

Ranmoor Parish Hall, which started life as the late 19th century home of Sir John Bingham, twice the city’s Master Cutler and head of silversmiths and cutlery manufacturers Walker and Hall, has since been a vicarage and a venue for conferences, wedding receptions and parties.

The hall, one of 28 lots going under the hammer at Blundells Auction House’s final sale of the year on November 21, stands in a conservation area and is being offered, subject to planning consent, as a development opportunity for various uses, including commercial, office space or as a private dwelling.

Recently used as the Playspace children’s play centre, it has a guide price of £300,000 plus.

The Bingham family eventually gave it to the church in the 1920s after using it as a family home and it became St John’s Church vicarage. It became Ranmoor Parish Centre in 1982.

Lucy Crapper, senior residential valuer and auctioneer at Blundells Auction House, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to acquire a property steeped in history, with the possibility of several different uses. The property is expected to attract a great deal of interest.”

The auction will be held at the DoubleTree Sheffield Park hotel at 2pm on November 21.