Price tag slashed for Gloucester's Tanners Hall
NEARLY £150,000 has been knocked off the price tag of a historic building with a promising future.
Tanners Hall in Gloucester, which failed to sell at almost £395,000, will go to auction with a guide price of £250,000 later this month.
Gloucester's oldest standing secular building was once a busy hub of commercial city life but fell into disrepair and almost went "missing" until it was rediscovered when a new road was driven through.
Planning permission has already been granted to turn it into 14 flats and a retail unit. This would keep what's left of the building, which has its origins in the 13th Century.
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Phil Moss of Gloucester Civic Trust said the "at risk" listed building would be able to tell many stories.
"It's the oldest non-religious building in the city," he said. "And it's had a long and varied history.
"It was home to the Tanners Guild and around it were found old tanning pools.
"It was very much part of daily life in Gloucester. There used to be a procession on St John's Eve and the tanners would go to a church, then back to the Tanners Hall for an 'honest drinking'."
For many years, it has stood desolate, surrounded by weeds, but two years ago Turnkey Construction of Woodchester and city architects Astam won planning permission for the flats and retail scheme.
It went on the market at the start of this year for almost £395,000 but will be offered at auction with a guide price of £250,000 on September 24 by auctioneers Maggs and Allen, and estate agent Frowens.
The civic trust is in favour of the plans for it, which it called "particularly imaginative", and hopes it will be bought and rebuilt soon.
It is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and was "lost" for almost 100 years until 1976 when historians searched ancient records before the inner relief road, Gouda Way was built.
Before then, it was believed the hall was where the Sainsbury's supermarket is, further along Hare Lane.