Repairs to Doncaster’s historic Mansion House have got underway.
The building, one of only three of its kind in the country, is being given an external makeover with builders moving in to attach scaffolding to the building yesterday and today so the work can start.
Sections of the roof will be replaced, original features including the lion and cherubs will be renovated and the whole façade will be redecorated to revitalise this grand building into a showstopper on Doncaster’s High Street.
The council owned Mansion House was built by local builder John Thompson. Completed in 1748 and officially opened on 15 April 1749, William Anelay, the firm John Thompson founded in 1747, will continue their links to this imposing property by carrying out the improvement works over the next few months.
Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones, said: “The Mansion House is one of Doncaster’s most treasured assets and part of the town’s wonderful heritage. Packed with more than 260 years of history, visitors from all over the world call in to see its splendid architecture and find out about its fascinating stories.
“These essential improvement works will enhance its kerb appeal and protect the building and its precious contents. The new look should encourage more people along to the popular afternoon teas, dances, guided tours and events and see more people hiring the wonderful function rooms and using this iconic attraction as a wedding venue and for celebrations.”
Charles Anelay, Chairman of William Anelay, said: “We are very proud of our long history, and association with Doncaster. It is a lovely connection to be able to be part of the team to carry out this important specialist work on the Mansion House, and we will be trying hard to do it justice”
The Mansion House cost £8,000 to build and is one of only three civic mansion houses in England; the others are in York and London.
The first Mayor to live in the Mansion House was Robert Seaton in 1750 and the last was Alderman George Tuby in 1922 although he only spent three nights there as he found it claustrophobic.
The improvements will cost about £300,000 to complete. The last major renovation works on the Mansion House took place in the 1990s.
More information on the history of the Mansion House can be found at:www.doncaster.gov.uk/mansionhouse
To find out about events call in at the Tourist Information Centre at 1 Priory Place, next door to the Mansion House, or go to:www.visitdoncaster.com/historical/MansionHouse.asp