An external makeover of Doncaster’s historic Mansion House has now been completed – at a cost of around £300,000.
Work on the building, which is one of only three of its kind in the country, started in June last year and took over seven months to complete.
As part of the revamp, sections of the roof were replaced, original features including the lion and cherubs were renovated and the whole façade was redecorated with the aim of restoring its position as the focus of the High Street and encouraging people through its doors.
Cabinet member for tourism and culture Coun Bill Mordue said of the renovation work: “We are very pleased by the fantastic refurbishment of the Mansion House, which has restored one of Doncaster’s most prized assets to its beautiful best.
He added: “Now that the work is fully complete, we are encouraging more people to rediscover the building, and we’ve already received a great deal of interest from people who want to get married in the magnificent surroundings.”
The improvements are estimated to have cost around £300,000.
The last major renovation works on the Mansion House took place in the 1990s.
The council came under fire during the completion of the improvement work after figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act showed that a hefty £10,935 had been spent on fitting the frontage of the Mansion House with a canvas illustrated with a printed design of the building.
The council defended the amount it forked out – saying it was a measure which needed to be taken in order to ‘minimise’ the impact on bookings at the venue, and to protect the public from falling debris.
Now the work has been completed, it is hoped the new-look venue will result in more people attending the popular afternoon teas, dances, guided tours and hiring the iconic attraction for celebrations and as a wedding venue.
Completed in 1748 and officially opened on April 15, 1749, the Mansion House cost £8,000 to build and is one of only three remaining civic mansion houses in England – the others are in York and London.
- Anyone thinking about having their wedding at the Mansion House can visit www.doncaster.gov.uk/weddings for more information.”
n More information on the history of the Mansion House can be found at www.doncaster.gov.uk/mansionhouse