A Messed-Up Mansion

Dilapidated Grade II* listed South Yorkshire Georgian mansion Hickleton Hall for sale for a sum 25% lower than it was marketed for in 2014 but 185% more than it was valued at in 2016.

Dilapidated Grade II* listed South Yorkshire Georgian mansion Hickleton Hall for sale for a sum 25% lower than it was marketed for in 2014 but 185% more than it was valued at in 2016

Empty country houses become liabilities and in the case of Hickleton Hall in South Yorkshire, the result of years of neglect will likely be either further decline or conversion into flats.


A neglected and boarded-up Hickleton Hall, Hickleton, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN5 7BB in 2016


Offered for sale in 2015 for £2 million (at that time complete with its since separated stable block), this Grade II* listed Georgian stately home was built between 1745 and 1748 of limestone ashlar for a banker named Godfrey Wentworth. It was subsequently home to the Whig politician and Chancellor of the Exchequer Charles Wood, 1st Viscount Halifax from 1846 to 1885 and then used by the army during the Second World War.


Converted first to a girls’ school in the 1940s, Hickleton Hall became a Sue Ryder Home in the 1960s. That closed in 2012 and in the years since fate has been anything but kind to the building. Described on a dedicated website as “eye-catching” but affected by subsidence and fissures caused by coal mining, the “asbestos riddled” structure has been targeted by vandals and thieves.


The 34,000 square foot building was valued at a sum of between £525,000 and £825,000 in 2016 but is now for sale for £1.5 million through agents Fisher German. Their marketing brochure – which uses images of the mansion in better times – lists it as now coming with just 14.72 acres of land and planning permission for conversion into 20 apartments.


Hickleton Hall – The Numbers


October 2017 – For sale for £1.5 million ($2 million, €1.7 million or درهم7.3 million) through Fisher German.


February 2016 – Valued at £525,000 to £825,000 ($693,000 to $1.1 million, €589,000 to €926,000 or درهم2.5 million to درهم4 million) by Christie & Co. Remedial work to restore the hall estimated at least £1.75 million ($2.3 million, €2 million or درهم8.5 million).


April 2014 – For sale for £2 million ($2.6 million, €2.2 million or درهم9.7 million) through Hamptons.


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  • My favoured wrecking ball could have a lot of fun here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Knock it down!!!!!!!!!!!!! Waste of space and completely inefficient!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! An ugly mess!!!!!!!!!!!! Ridiculous and on a mining fault too!!!!!!!!!!!!! Pathetic!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • A sad story indeed. A beautiful building but likely it won't be preserved/restored to a single home ever. What a true pity and I only hope the developer that buys it will be sensitive to its heritage.

  • It could be converted into lovely assisted living flats. Sue Ryder should do that instead of sell it. They would be so beautiful and would give homes for appreciative elders.

    • Hi idea but totally impractical to turn into assisted living apartments with requirements for fire regs, lifts, disabled access etc etc.

  • Yes, Ethel.... stairs.... stairs and arthritic knees are not a good combo. And who would pay the presumably exorbitant maintenance costs for the old dears?

  • This was a lovely house....it is so sad to see what became of it ......I do not know if it can be restored....there may be too much damage....

  • I am very sad to see Hickleton Hall getting more and more deteriorated. It was still in good condition in 2013. A local mansion where yearly garden parties were a joy to attend for many of us locally.

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