ONLY one of four historical town landmarks which went up for auction caught the eye of building bargain-hunters.
The Mail reported that the Throston engine house, the Independent Sunday School, the adjoining United Reformed Church and the former Barnet Building, all on Hartlepool’s Headland, were to go under the hammer at auction.
After the four Grade II-listed 1830s buildings went up for sale at an auction at Leeds United’s Elland Road ground last month, only the former Independent Sunday School, on Durham Street, was sold.
It went for £130,000, just £5,000 higher than the guide price. The other three lots failed to attract any bids.
But it is hoped that a buyer will be found by the end of the week for the Throston engine house, as two potential buyers are interested.
Phil Elliott, auction manager for William H Brown, part of Manners and Harrison, said: “We were a little disappointed, particularly about the engine house. We thought someone would buy it, probably for historic reasons.
“But it’s only a matter of time before it does sell.”
The engine house, which had a guide price of just £10,000 and 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.
But Mr Elliott said: “We have two parties interested and hopefully by the end of the week it will be sold.”
He could not disclose who bought the Independent Sunday School.
Mr Elliott added: “The United Reformed Church and the Barnet Buildings are still available.
“It’s just a strange market at the moment really.
“In fairness, they are all good value for money, but there just doesn’t seem to be the investment available at the moment.”
The remaining properties will be re-auctioned on May 31.
The Barnet Building, in Victoria Street, which had a guide price of £100,000, 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.
The United Reformed Church had a guide price of £45,000.