Hall under the hammer

Grade II listed Nether Hall is up for auction.
Grade II listed Nether Hall is up for auction.

One of Doncaster’s most historic buildings has gone under the hammer and sold for £410,000.

Grade II listed Nether Hall, which dates from the 1700s, was auctioned off last week with a guide price of £200,000 to £225,000.

The buyer of the property and their intentions for the building are not yet known.

Although the building retains some of its original historic features, the hall, which has lain empty for a number of years since being vacated by Doncaster Council, has seen better days.

The hall, which lies between Nether Hall Road and Copley Road, was originally the seat of the Copley family, the lords of the manor of Sprotbrough, and also served as an army drill hall before being converted to use by Doncaster Council for office in the last century.

The authority used the hall right up to its move into the new Civic Offices in Sir Nigel Gresley Square last year - but the crumbling mansion went up for sale, along with scores of other disused authority buildings as the council attempts to slash costs.

Auctioneers Mark Jenkinson describe Nether Hall, which was first given listed status in 1969, as an ‘outstanding landmark building’.

The lot includes the historic hall itself as well as an adjoining modern two storey office building and a dilapidated corner property on the corner of Copley Road and Christ Church Road.

Although seen by council workers on a daily basis, members of the public were only able to get a glimpse inside during the council’s heritage walks which showcase the town centre’s architectural gems. The auction took place at Sheffield University.