1640 sandstone house that lies in pieces will be loaded into eight HGVs and delivered to new owner


The flatpack MANSION! 1640 sandstone house that lies in pieces on farm will be loaded into eight HGVs and delivered to new owner who paid £170,000 for the DIY home… but NO instructions on how to put it together

  • Disassembled 17th century sandstone mansion dating back to Norman Conquest has been put on the market
  • Property had originally been constructed in the parish of Alwoodley, Leeds in 1640 by friend of King Charles I
  • Steve Mitchell purchased the property in 1999 for around £50,000 before transporting it by HGV to Ireland 
  • Now, Mr Mitchell has reportedly found someone willing to pay £170,000 (€200,000) for Alwoodley Old Hall

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A disassembled 17th century sandstone mansion steeped in rich history dating back to the Norman Conquest has been put on the market – but there are no instructions of how to put it back together.

The historic property had originally been constructed in the parish of Alwoodley, Leeds in 1640 by Sir Gervase Clifton, a friend of King Charles I – but it was later dismantled by the Sand Moor Golf Club in 1969.

A local farmer acquired the original beams, timber, sandstone and granite, leaving it untouched on his land for 30 years, before transport company owner Steve Mitchell purchased the property in 1999 for around £50,000.

After relocating to County Clare in Ireland with his wife Louise in 2002, the couple packed the sandstone and granite onto palettes in eight articulated trucks and planned to rebuild the property along the seafront.

But now, as they prepare to move back to the UK for the birth of their first grandchild in a fortnight, Mr Mitchell has reportedly found someone willing to pay £170,000 (€200,000) for Alwoodley Old Hall, who wants to transport it 50 miles across Ireland to rebuild it.

Mr Mitchell revealed the The Manor House – recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 – has several potential buyers who are interested in the property.

Transport company owner Steve Mitchell purchased the property in 1999 for around £50,000. Pictured with his wife Louise

Transport company owner Steve Mitchell purchased the property in 1999 for around £50,000. Pictured with his wife Louise 

A disassembled 17th century sandstone mansion steeped in rich history dating back to the Norman Conquest has been put on the market - but there are no instructions of how to put it back together

A disassembled 17th century sandstone mansion steeped in rich history dating back to the Norman Conquest has been put on the market – but there are no instructions of how to put it back together

The historic property had originally been constructed in the parish of Alwoodley, Leeds in 1640 by Sir Gervase Clifton, a friend of King Charles I - but it was later dismantled by the Sand Moor Golf Club in 1969

The historic property had originally been constructed in the parish of Alwoodley, Leeds in 1640 by Sir Gervase Clifton, a friend of King Charles I – but it was later dismantled by the Sand Moor Golf Club in 1969 

A local farmer acquired the original beams, timber, sandstone and granite, leaving it untouched on his land for 30 years, before transport company owner Steve Mitchell purchased the property in 1999 for around £50,000

A local farmer acquired the original beams, timber, sandstone and granite, leaving it untouched on his land for 30 years, before transport company owner Steve Mitchell purchased the property in 1999 for around £50,000

But now, as they prepare to move back to the UK for the birth of their first grandchild in a fortnight, Mr Mitchell has reportedly found someone willing to pay £170,000 (€200,000) for Alwoodley Old Hall, who wants to transport it 50 miles across Ireland to rebuild it

But now, as they prepare to move back to the UK for the birth of their first grandchild in a fortnight, Mr Mitchell has reportedly found someone willing to pay £170,000 (€200,000) for Alwoodley Old Hall, who wants to transport it 50 miles across Ireland to rebuild it

He told The Times: ‘We’ve got somebody very interested and they’re looking at shipping options.’

The sale includes 70 palettes of wall stones, estimated to amount to 6,300 mainly rectangular blocks, alongside 21 pallets of granite cobblestones from the basement floor, garden wall masonry and the decorative carved pieces from around the windows, doors and columns. There is also 100ft round wall cappings.

There are no instructions on how to build the property back to its former glory and Mr Mitchell has said he ‘can’t guarantee every piece of the jigsaw is here to recreate the exact structure’.

He added: ‘We had some very clever development company come round and he said you can photograph it and make it in a CAD (Computer-Aided Design). He just seemed to think it wasn’t an issue at all.’

His wife Louise cleaned all of the stone in preparation for the build, but despite their dream of building the mansion along the coastline – the pair could not obtain planning permission from the council.

There are no instructions on how to build the property back to its former glory and Mr Mitchell has said he 'can't guarantee every piece of the jigsaw is here to recreate the exact structure'

There are no instructions on how to build the property back to its former glory and Mr Mitchell has said he ‘can’t guarantee every piece of the jigsaw is here to recreate the exact structure’

The sale includes 70 palettes of wall stones, estimated to amount to 6,300 mainly rectangular blocks, alongside 21 pallets of granite cobblestones from the basement floor, garden wall masonry and the decorative carved pieces from around the windows, doors and columns. There is also 100ft round wall cappings

The sale includes 70 palettes of wall stones, estimated to amount to 6,300 mainly rectangular blocks, alongside 21 pallets of granite cobblestones from the basement floor, garden wall masonry and the decorative carved pieces from around the windows, doors and columns. There is also 100ft round wall cappings

There is a rich history of characters who owned and lived at the manor back to the times of the Norman Conquest. It is a tapestry of ownership closely linked to and involved in royalty, politics and high society spread over the generations

There is a rich history of characters who owned and lived at the manor back to the times of the Norman Conquest. It is a tapestry of ownership closely linked to and involved in royalty, politics and high society spread over the generations

His wife Louise cleaned all of the stone in preparation for the build, but despite their dream of building the mansion along the coastline - the pair could not obtain planning permission from the council

His wife Louise cleaned all of the stone in preparation for the build, but despite their dream of building the mansion along the coastline – the pair could not obtain planning permission from the council

Mr Mitchell added: ‘The [local authority] said, “The three-pointed bays? Absolutely not.” It’s because it’s so different to the local architecture of anything you’d see in Ireland. They have a different configuration.’ 

He has since listed the dismantled mansion on Former Glory, an Irish property website, for prospective buyers, adding: ‘I’ve realized it’s a project I will not complete. So to reiterate you would be purchasing the total amount of sandstone and granite that I have and also the chronology of ownership involving many hours of painstaking and careful research.’

‘The glorious sandstone has been painstakingly cleaned, sized and stacked on pallets along with stone-mullioned window frames, door lintels and yards of beautiful granite cobblestones from the courtyard. From these you could build and create an individual home oozing with charm and character and steeped in history (I can’t guarantee every piece of the jigsaw is here to recreate the exact structure).

‘The photographs of the Manor House were taken in the 1960s and found in the historical archives. The photos of the stone are current, more are available on request. This amazing opportunity may never arise again.’ 

You can view the dismantled property by clicking here

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