Historic Woolley Hall on the market

Date: 22/09/2014
Ref: PR 4713

Historic building and popular wedding venue Woolley Hall has been placed on the market by Wakefield Council.

The Grade II listed building was bought by the Council from the Wentworth family in 1947, having since been a college and events venue.

The guide price for the building, which includes the main house, two stable blocks and courtyard, is £3m.

Councillor Graham Stokes, Wakefield Council's Cabinet member for Corporate Performance, said: "Woolley Hall is a wonderful building set in stunning grounds.  It has been used by the Council over many years for many different purposes although today its main use is as a venue for weddings and conferences. 

"The proceeds from the sale will be used to support the Council's capital investment plans across the district whilst it will also provide an annual budget saving to help us deal with the funding cuts imposed on us by the Government."

The present Woolley Hall is an example of early Jacobean architecture and was built 1635 and was renovated around 1800 by architect sir Jeffry Wyatville, who was employed by George IV to remodel Windor Castle, which earned him a knighthood.

Wyattville specialised in period restorations and additions to historic mansions which included, amongst many others Chatsworth House and Longleat House.

The hall continues to be run as a wedding and events venue by Wakefield Council's events team and it will still play host to Christmas events. It will close at the end of December.

This Grade II listed house is for sale with two Grade II listed stable blocks and courtyard through Sanderson Weatherall, Chartered surveyors of Leeds (contact David Chary Tel: 0113 2216014,  email:  david.chary@sw.co.uk).