SOLD - under the hammer

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WOMBWELL Town Hall was sold at auction recently for a price of £160,000.

The three-storey building housed Wombwell Urban Council until its abolition in 1974, and the decision to sell it was made three years ago.

It is understood to have been bought by a Wath businessman who intends to convert it to apartments or offices.

Barnsley Council staff, who have continued to work in the offices up to the sale, will move to Wombwell Library, which is to be extended.

The Town Hall has an imposing Boer War Memorial on one corner, with stone statues etched in the fabric of the building to honour the fallen from the battle of over 100 years ago.

Conditions were attached to the sale of the building for the future conservation of the memorial.

The property also boasts the “town hall clock” and has an impressive flight of steps leading up to its entrance.

It was sold at Don Valley Stadium by auctioneers Lambert Smith Hampton following a postponement from December 1, due to bad weather.

A Barnsley Council spokesman said: “The price achieved was in excess of the estimates and the council is pleased with the outcome.

“The Boer War Memorial is Grade II listed and is protected from removal or alterations by statute. Any works to the memorial would require listed building consent.

“The sale contract reserves a right for the council, subject to obtaining listed building consent, to remove the memorial and re-site it to an alternative location in the future”.

Later in the auction, The Priory in Conisbrough also went under the hammer, swelling Doncaster Council’s coffers to the tune of £312,000.

The two Grade II Listed buildings opposite St Peter’s Church, which belonged to the council, had last been used as council offices.

The winning bidder is now the proud owner of a three-acre site in the town’s historic conservation area. Before the sale, residents had expressed concerns about safeguards for the building’s heritage.

But according to the council, any drastic changes to the buildings would need to be approved by their planning department.