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Cash-strapped Wakefield Council selling historic Woolley Hall for £3m
WAKEFIELD Council has put historic Woolley Hall on the market with a guide price of £3m.The Grade II listed building, which was built in 1635, is currently hired out by the council as a wedding and events venue.Council chiefs say no wedding bookings have been taken for next year and Woolley Hall will close at the end of December.Wakefield Council bought Woolley Hall from the Wentworth family in 1947.Coun Graham Stokes, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for corporate performance, said: “Woolley Hall is a wonderful building set in stunning grounds. “It has been used by the council over many years for many different purposes although today its main use is as a venue for weddings and conferences. “The proceeds from the sale will be used to support the council’s capital investment plans across the district whilst it will also provide an annual budget saving to help us deal with the funding cuts imposed on us by the Government.”The present Woolley Hall is an example of early Jacobean architecture. It was renovated around 1800 by architect sir Jeffry Wyatville, who was employed by George IV to remodel Windsor Castle, which earned him a knighthood.Wyattville specialised in period restorations and additions to historic mansions which included Chatsworth House and Longleat House.Woolley Hall continues to be run as a wedding and events venue by Wakefield Council’s events team and it will still play host to Christmas events before closing at the end of December.Woolley hall, along with two stable blocks and courtyard, is for sale through chartered surveyors Sanderson Weatherall of Leeds.
 

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