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Former Hipperholme library to go under the hammer


Written by: Paul Thompson on 11th July 2022

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Former Hipperholme library to go under the hammer

Historic Hipperholme Library, which dates back to 1899, is to be put up for auction this month. The two-storey, almost 6,000 sq ft building will appear in auction house Pugh’s online property auction on 19 July and has been given a guide price of £120,000. 

The library was originally designed as offices for Hipperholme Urban District Council by local architect Frederick Joseph Walsh. Walsh, a local man, whose work includes the old vicarage at Lightcliffe, George Street and Craig Royston on Bramley Lane was paid £10 and offered 5% commission. The building included a council chamber, a committee room, a range of smaller rooms and a surveyor’s house.

The council’s last meeting was held on 24 March 1937 and it was then incorporated into the enlarged Borough of Brighouse. Much of the building became Hipperholme Library which opened in 1938.

 The building contains many of its original features including ornate stonework, stained glass windows, tiling and woodwork.

Paul Thompson, Managing Director at Pugh, said: “The former library building is a substantial and attractive property in Hipperholme, which is conveniently located between Halifax and Brighouse. It has excellent links to both Leeds and Bradford, being just four miles from the M62.

 “The property is a great investment opportunity and there are all kinds of new uses that it could be put to in the hands of an imaginative developer and suject to the necessary planning consents.”

Bidding on the former library, and the other lots in Pugh’s July online property auction, opens on 19 July and closes the following day. To view the full catalogue click here



Written by: Paul Thompson on 11th July 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.