FOUR pieces of Hartlepool’s heritage will go under the hammer later this week.
The Throston engine house, the Independent Sunday School, the adjoining former United Reformed Church – which later became the Durham Street Studios – and the former Barnet Building, all on the town’s Headland, are listed to be sold at auction this Friday.
The sale of the privately-owned buildings, which largely date back to the mid-1800s, will take place at 12.30pm at Leeds United’s Elland Road stadium and is being conducted through town estate agents Manners and Harrison.
The Barnet Building, in Victoria Street, is used by a dance school, with offices above, and the former church/studio building - which was a forerunner to the current Studio in Tower Street - and ex-independent Sunday school were turned into flats.
But the engine house, on the corner of Cleveland Road, which has had previous planning permission for residential use and was home to a haulage system for lifting coal wagons, is badly in need of repairs.
It is up for auction with a guide price of £10,000.
The Barnet building has a guide price of £100,000, an estimate for the former church is £45,000 and the Sunday School is recommended at £125,000.
Town historian and Headland Parish councillor John Cambridge said potential investment and regeneration of the buildings would help contribute to the Neighbourhood Plan, which will shape the area over the next 20 years and feeds into the Hartlepool Local Plan.
Mr Cambridge added: “The parish council is pushing to get derelict and unkempt buildings done up. Old Hartlepool is looking forward to the next 20 years. We are trying to make a plan to go forward and trying to make the place more attractive for tourists and residents.”
But he stressed that some of the buildings’ original character would need to be maintained. All four properties are Grade II-listed.
Mr Cambridge said: “Next year is the centenary of the Bombardment of Hartlepool and I would like to see these done up and brought back into use and make the place look more attractive.”
Phil Elliott, auction manager for William H Brown, part of Manners and Harrison, said: “Quite a lot of people have made inquiries about the properties, particularly the engine house and the former Sunday School.”