Wakefield Council agrees sale of historic Woolley Hall

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Date: 06/10/2015

Wakefield Council has accepted an offer on historic Woolley Hall.

The Grade II listed building was bought by the Council from the Wentworth family in 1947 and since then has been both a college and an events venue.

At this stage details of the sale cannot be disclosed because of commercial confidentiality, but a sale is considered the best way to preserve and maintain the main house, two stable blocks and courtyard.

Cllr Graham Stokes, Cabinet Member for Modern Public Services, said: "We accepted an offer in April for the freehold purchase of Woolley Hall and associated land and buildings and the relevant processes are well underway to conclude the details.

"Whilst the details of the sale are commercially confidential at this point in time, we expect that completion of the sale will secure the future of this magnificent building and its stunning grounds.

"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 Windsor 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.