Grimethorpe Hall, Brierley Road, Brierley, Barnsley
Image: 2016 Neal Theasby CC BY-SA 2.0 via geograph
*Update* April 2020 - This nationally important building - it is grade II* - is in an intractable position where repairs cannot be made and a sale may be difficult to achieve. It is held in escheat by the Crown Estate after previous owners became bankrupt and we understand it is subject to an outstanding mortgage. Nothing can happen until this impasse is resolved. The Crown Estate will sell to a purchaser and positively views community use or public ownership. What is needed is a viable scheme which takes advantage of this and which may persuade a bank or other creditor to negotiate in relation to the outstanding debt. It is on Historic England's Heritage at Risk Register who are also seeking solutions.
*Update* October 2009 - The listed building consent was granted for change of use to a restaurant, however, this has yet to be acted upon.
Grimethorpe Hall was built c.1670 with later alterations in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. It is a handsome if run down building constructed of red brick with ashlar quoins and a string course at each floor. Flanking the central doorway are two Doric pilasters which reach up to the second string course. The house is a substantial three storey affair.
The last decade or so has not been kind to the building. First it was bought by the Coal Board which applied for consent to demolish it. This was refused and Grimethorpe was upgraded from II to II* and the building was sold on. The next owner intended to turn it into a nursing home but this fell through and the Hall was eventually sold to a new owner but only after it had been badly vandalised. The building was secured against the weather, but is again suffering from decay and vandalism.
Grimethorpe has held numerous consents over the past few years, none of which have been acted on. There was a project involving a housing association with a view to selling the house but that went against local points of view. Now, however, the latest owner has submitted plans for change of use to a restaurant, and reinstatment of mullion windows on the front elevation. The Georgian windows in situ are crude, and although there have been objections against this course of action by those who would rather 'conserve as found', the owner feels that this change will improve the building. SAVE and English Heritage are glad to see that a solution is in sight for a building which has been on both registers of Buildings at Risk for far too long. The decision will be taken shortly, and then we hope to see work begin.
There is a fair amount of land with the building but the surrounding area is a densely populated residential district. Brierley was a mining village and the whole area is benefiting from major investment in infrastructure and other regeneration projects.