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Wymering Manor Up For Sale Again this Week

Published: 25th October 2010 17:02

 Wymering Manor is going under the hammer again this Wednesday.

Currently under the management of Portsmouth City Council, the spooky manor is one of the lots at an auction to be held on the 27th October in London.

This is the second time the manor has been up for auction after it failed to sell on the 21st September. It is said to be the oldest house in Portsmouth and is a popular spot for ghost hunts, appearing in Living TV's Most Haunted back in 2006.

The information from the auctioneer's catalogue states "It is considered that the property may be suitable for a number of alternative uses subject to the necessary consents, for example conversion to a family dwelling house, sub-division into a small number of residential units, conversion to a hotel or guest house, or possibly a D1 -educational or training centre use."

The manor has had an unsteady past few years. Back in 2006, Friends of Old Wymering secured what they thought was a sustainable future for the manor with the Hampshire Buildings Preservations Trust. The plan was to create a venue for functions, community events and exclusive hotel accommo Inside Wymering Manordation. However, Portsmouth City Council recently took back ownership of the manor as the plans fell through.

Chair of Friends of Old Wymering, Janet Hird, said when the news first came through about the sale of Wymering Manor, "We want a secure future for the Manor that respects the building and serves a purpose in the modern world.

 "We are disappointed that the plans proposed in 2005 have fallen through and the house is to be sold at auction. We have raised our concerns with the City Council's Officers and the local Councillors and have been assured that the building will not be demolished."

"We will, as ever, be keeping a close eye on what happens after the sale and will press the new owner for information about the plans for the site and to ensure that the Manor does not continue to deteriorate.  The way to ensure our voice is heard and our views are taken into consideration is to speak with one voice."

 Wymering Manor is a Grade II listed building which means that any alterations that affect its character as a building of special interest must be agreed by obtaining Listed Building Consent from the local planning authority.

Janet added, "We know there are many people in the area who care about the Manor and if they would like to join us they can contact us via email at wymeringfriends@virginmedia.com or by post to 96 The Dale, Waterlooville, PO7 5DF.   They can also go to our website www.friendsofoldwymering.org. "

Link to auctioneer's online catalogue

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