'Landmark' Sheffield pub goes up for auction

Farfield Inn, in Neepsend
Farfield Inn, in Neepsend
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A historic Grade II-listed pub in Sheffield which was gutted by the 2007 flood is due to go under the hammer.

Farfield Inn was built in the 1750s and survived the Great Flood of 1854 but has been disused since water swept through the premises in Neepsend more than a decade ago, causing extensive damage.

The pub pictured shortly after the Great Flood of 1854

The pub pictured shortly after the Great Flood of 1854

The building, which previously went by various names including The Owl and The Murfin pubs, is up for auction next Tuesday.

It is listed by Mark Jenkinson & Son, with a guide price of £95,000.

The brochure describes the property as a 'landmark' building but says it is in a 'very poor state of repair', with complete restoration required by the buyer.

The former coaching inn lies close to the old Ski Village site, where the slopes could reopen as soon as next year and form part of a £22.5 million adventure sports complex, under plans unveiled in November.

Sheffield historian Ron Clayton said the building had remained virtually untouched over the years and was one of the few surviving examples of Georgian architecture in the city.

"The Farfield Inn is a local landmark. There's a lot of work to be done but if somebody's prepared to invest a lot of money it would be a great addition to the local real ale circuit and it would give Neepsend a bit of identity back," he said.

"It's part of an area with a huge amount of potential, but if nothing's done with the building it's going to end up being demolished, which would be a tragedy."

The building was completed in 1753, according to Historic England, and was originally a private residence.

The auction is due to take place in the Platinum Suite at Sheffield United's Bramall Lane ground.