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Accrington landmark former council building to go under the hamme


Written by: Paul Thompson on 24th August 2022

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Accrington landmark former council building to go under the hamme

A historic former council building will go under the hammer next month as part of auctioneer Pugh’s September property auction. 

Interested buyers can bid for Gothic House which over the years has been Lancashire County Council’s education offices, and a tourist information centre. 

In its early days the building was also the residence of local flamboyant character, solicitor Charles ‘Torney’ Hall. 

In 2010, the 19th century landmark was considered to be one of the district’s most iconic landmarks in a vote by Accrington Observer readers to choose a building to feature in the paper’s masthead and represent the borough. 

Paul Thompson at Pugh, said: “Due to its historic past, Gothic House is a very well-known iconic building in the district and we’re expecting a great deal of interest in it. 

“It’s well placed for Accrington’s amenities and offers exciting opportunities for potential future development, subject to any buyer gaining the necessary planning consents”

The 2,300 sq ft detached period office building would be suitable for continuing office use or alternative uses or redevelopment.

Gothic House is located at the junction of St James Street and Cannon Street, opposite St James’ Church and a short distance from Accrington Town Hall and town centre. Accrington Station is nearby, and the M65 motorway is within easy reach.

There is parking to the side and rear of the property for approximately eight vehicles, together with a grassed area.

Bidding on Gothic House, and the other lots in the online auction, opens on Tuesday 20 September and closes the following day. To view the full catalogue, click here



Written by: Paul Thompson on 24th August 2022

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Paul is a Chartered Surveyor and member of the National Association of Valuers and Auctioneers (NAVA). He is also one of the few auctioneers in the country with a position on the RICS Real Estate Auction Committee.