Last chance to own historic items as town hall goes under offer
- Credit: Archant
Bargain hunters have less than a week to bid on items coming under the hammer from the sale of a historic Norfolk building.
The sale of furniture from Sheringham town hall comes as an offer has been made to buy the building which went on the market for £345,000 last year. The buyer, an investor, is looking to rent it out initially for offices with a long-term plan to turn it into flats, subject to planning.
The items of furniture from the building, including the mayor's 'throne' chair were valued last year and the online auction has now started. Fourteen lots are for sale with the final bids needing to be in before January 27 at 6pm.
Sheringham's mayor, Madeleine Ashcroft, said sadly she wouldn't be bidding for any of the items herself, not even her 'throne.' "I don't have anywhere to put it, it's all rather big but we hope the auction will raise a lot of money. A lot of people felt sad we were selling the town hall but it wasn't fit for our purpose. There was no accessibility for people with disabilities so it was the right thing to sell."
Built in 1901, the town hall shut its doors to the public when, following public consultation, councillors agreed to relocate to the town's community centre.
You may also want to watch:
The items being auctioned off range in price. The cheapest lot is one comprising three oak dining chairs estimated at £10-£15, with a £6 bid already lodged. The most expensive is a set of 13 armchairs including the mayor's carved oak throne, for sale for an estimate of £400-£500, and with a £180 bid made. A set of 20th century unusual curved committee tables are also for sale for £300-£400, with a £180 bid. Two beech umbrella and coat stands are also for sale for £60-£80.
'Heirloom' items previously kept in the building, including 1940s and 1950s paintings and advertising posters were donated to Sheringham Museum.
- 1 Police condemn 'blatant' lockdown breaches as 160 fined
- 2 MP moves to reassure public as film crew hires out village homes
- 3 100 cannabis plants found at three neighbouring properties in village
- 4 'We can't tolerate breaches' - Council gives Covid warnings to takeaways
- 5 Destructive stink bugs could be heading for Norfolk
- 6 Bid to replace bungalow near railway line with five new homes refused
- 7 Village pub opens shop to fill lockdown gap
- 8 'Travel bible' names Norfolk beaches in list of UK's best
- 9 'Not in a religious village!' - Residents' shock at drug squad swoop
- 10 Full list: £715,000 to be spent to make 113 Norfolk roads safer
Sheringham town hall, on the corner of Church Street and St Peter's Road, dates to the Victorian era. Mr Gowing said: "I can confirm that the building is under offer, close to the asking price. The buyer is an investor who plans to let the buildings as offices in the short-term, with longer-term plans to convert the building for residential use."
To make a bid, people need to register with Keys, holding the auction, on the website by clicking here