Old hall for sale again

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The sale of a landmark historic building in Thorne town centre can finally go ahead.

Early 19th century Thorne Hall will be going under the auctioneer’s hammer on Monday, July 11, after the sale was delayed earlier this year when MP Caroline Flint wanted to know if it could be used to regenerate the town.

But cash-strapped Doncaster Council is unable to meet the costs of repairs and maintenance so the hall, built in 1818, is back on the market.

It is being auctioned by Lambert Smith Hampton and the move will be welcomed by Thorne ward councillor Martin Williams, who has been anxious about the building falling into decay.

Thorne Hall is a Grade II listed mansion, built by a local farmer, and has views over Thorne Memorial Park.

It contains many architectural features of note including a cantilevered stone staircase and impressive ballroom with mahogany doors, which was once used as a council chamber.

Although disused for a number of years, the proposed sale earlier in the year was deferred to consider options for the building.

However, the cost to Doncaster Council of on-going maintenance at a time when funding is tight has brought the property up for auction.

Auctioneer Simon Riggall said: “Thorne has a wealth of historic property and all parties, whatever their interest, are keen to see this magnificent property brought back into use to add to the towns heritage in a practical manner.”

Coun Williams said: “I’ve been trying to sort something out with this building for the last five years.

“No one has been in to buy it in that time, and it has been empty for four or five years. The council is short of money and this would bring some into the coffers.

“It is a beautiful building overlooking the park.

“I don’t want it going the same way as other buildings in Thorne.”