Who will live in a house like this? Clarke Hall goes on the market for £400k

Clarke Hall Summer history day'Clarke Hall with visitors
Clarke Hall Summer history day'Clarke Hall with visitors

If you’re looking to move up the property ladder you could bag yourself a new home complete with a great hall, scullery, a dressing room and a caretaker’s cottage in the grounds.

Former living museum Clarke Hall has gone on the market with a price tag of offers of more than £400,000.

The five-bedroom grade II- listed property is being sold off by its owners, Wakefield Council.

In 2010 the funding for the living history museum was cut under the government’s spending review. Despite the council offering a £390,000 subsidy to anyone willing to take over the running of the hall, no-one came forward and it closed in July 2012.

Coun David Dagger, cabinet member for culture, sport and libraries said: “The sale of Clarke Hall may mark the end of an era but will also offer up a new lease of life for this much loved building.

“We have had to accept that its time as an education museum is over. We did all we could to attract another operator for Clarke Hall but at the end of the day no-one came forward with a viable proposal and we simply couldn’t afford to keep it open

“We understand that some people will still be disappointed but this is an opportunity for the hall to be brought back into use, with new owners and a new purpose.”

When it was open, Clarke Hall attracted school trips from around the country. Pupils were able to learn what life was like during the 17th century from specially trained volunteers and staff who kept in character to offer an authentic experience.

Clarke Hall is being marketed by property consultant Carter Jonas.

The building spans 512 square metres.

On the ground floor there is an entrance porch, a great hall, dairy cleaning cupboard, dining room, kitchen and scullery, parlour and side corridor giving access to ladies and gents toilet facilities. The first floor includes the great chamber with dressing room and parlour.

The former visiter centre, which is owned by the Clarke Hall Farm Trust, is not included and will be sold separately.

Clarke Hall timeline:

13th century - Stanley family built a modest family home
1671 - Current owner John Wingfield and his brother-in-law rebuilt the house into the mansion it is today
1788 - sold to a gentleman farmer for £3,200
1975 - bought by west riding counciL and turned into museum
2012 - closed to the public