'Iconic' Plymouth Conservative club goes under hammer
THE Conservative club where the triumphs of Tory prime ministers from Robert Gascoyne-Cecil to John Major were celebrated is to go under the auctioneer's hammer with a guide price of up to £300,000.
The former Mutley Conservative Club, which shut in 2010 after 111 years, is being put up for auction.
The expansive four-storey building, with commanding views from Mutley Plain, is one of 30 lots going under the hammer of land and property auctioneers Clive Emson, at the St Mellion International Resort, Saltash, on November 1.
Originally built as two houses, deeds show the property was purchased for use as a club on July 6, 1899, for £1,050. The freehold is now being offered at £200,000 to £300,000.
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It includes two bars, three function rooms, a committee room, a snooker suite and a top-floor steward's apartment.
The club ceased trading in April 2010 but was not insolvent.
It had celebrated its 100th birthday in October 1999 and as The Herald reported at the time, was purchased on July 6, 1899, for £1,050.
Auctioneer Graham Barton, a regular on BBC 1's Homes Under the Hammer, said: "This must be one of Plymouth's most iconic buildings. We anticipate interest from a number of sources. It could have potential retail use with flats above or offer multiple student accommodation, all subject of course to gaining the necessary planning consent."
Among other Plymouth properties being sold at the auction is the Butchers Arms, pub, in Stonehouse's Cremyll Street, just outside the gate to the Royal William Yard.
The three-storey freehold, which includes a three-bedroom upstairs maisonette and a large rear beer garden, has a guide price of £150,000 to £180,000.
Mr Barton said: "This is a well-known pub in a sought after part of the city.
"It would be ideal for a programme of refurbishment to make the most of the setting and ensure a bustling food and wet trade customer destination. Other bidders may be tempted by the chance of alternative redevelopment schemes subject to all the necessary consents being obtainable."