Ref: PR 4539
Clarke Hall, the 17th century house in Wakefield, is now for sale on the open market.
Property consultant Carter Jonas, who is marketing the hall, is asking for offers over £400,000. The former visitor centre, which is owned by Clarke Hall Farm Trust, is not included in this sale and is being sold as a separate lot.
It is envisaged that potential buyers for the hall will come from a number of sectors including people seeking a private residence to those with the need for commercial or office use.
Wakefield Council was forced to close Clarke Hall as an educational museum following a loss of funding in the Government's 2010 spending review. The Council tried to find an operator to run the facility but despite its best efforts no one came forward and Clarke Hall museum finally closed its doors in July 2012.
Cllr David Dagger, Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and Libraries said: "The sale of Clarke Hall may mark the end of an era but will also offer up a new lease of life for this much loved building.
"We have had to accept that its time as an education museum is over. We did all we could to attract another operator for Clarke Hall but at the end of the day no-one came forward with a viable proposal and we simply couldn't afford to keep it open
"We understand that some people will still be disappointed but this is an opportunity for the hall to be brought back into use, with new owners and a new purpose."
Clarke Hall is a splendid example of a late 17th Century House. Much of its historical and architectural significance is in the survival of its many original features and fabric. The property is grade II* listed which reflects its national importance.
The listing covers all internal and external fabric and features of special interest, as well as curtilage buildings, garden structures and boundary walls. The setting of the property is also a consideration in any planning/listed building consent applications
Clarke Hall covers some 512 square metres over two floors and incorporates a self-contained caretaker's cottage adjoining the east wing.
The accommodation includes on the ground floor an entrance porch, a great hall, dairy cleaning cupboard, dining room, kitchen and scullery, parlour and a side corridor giving access to ladies and gents toilet facilities. The first floor includes the great chamber with dressing room and parlour. The caretaker's cottage comprises living room and kitchen on the ground floor with two bedrooms, bathroom and separate WC at first floor level.
Cater Jonas will be hosting a number of open view events at the hall on weekends and mid-week.
Anyone interested in the property should contact Simon Wright at Carter Jones firstname.lastname@example.org