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19th century Lincolnshire mansion Canwick Hall attracting potential buyers

By East Lindsey Target  |  Posted: October 26, 2012

Landmark: The 27-bedroom Canwick Hall was built in 1810 but is now in need of some restoration.

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Schools and health organisations are among the parties who have expressed interest in a £1 million Lincolnshire mansion.

The 27-bedroom Canwick Hall was built in 1810 and was converted into 13 apartments more than 100 years later.

Now, despite being in need of restoration, the well-known landmark is attracting the attention of a variety of potential buyers.

Located in the village of Canwick, just south of Lincoln, the Grade II listed building is suitable for a range of business investments, according to agents Pygott & Crone.

The company says the 19th century Lincolnshire mansion is suitable for redevelopment for uses such as a health spa, boutique hotel, wedding venue or residential flats.

Will Downing, partner at the company, said the 20,000sq ft hall had already generated significant levels of interest.

"This fascinating property has been up on the market for nine months and we have had a lot of interest from schools, medical organisations and private residents," he said.

The hall has two acres of level gardens. It is situated at the side of a country lane with a main entrance leading into a pillared reception hall.

Arched corridors lead to a range of reception rooms and the servants quarters, and there is a hallway with a rising staircase, minstrels gallery and a high domed ceiling.

One portion of the building has been renovated to form a separate family home and there is a separate driveway to the side of the main hall where there are occupied mews apartments.

The manor is part of an estate that dates back to the 17th century and has been home to a number of well-known local figures.

Botanist and former Member of Parliament for Lincoln John Sibthorp moved to the estate before his son Charles de Laet Waldo Sibthorp was born there in 1783.

Charles later followed his father into politics, becoming the city's MP in 1826, and is reported to have personally fallen out with Queen Victoria.

At the beginning of World War Two, the second Earl of Liverpool Arthur Foljambe lived in the hall.

And in 1945 it was sold together with the surrounding estate of more than 1,000 acres to Jesus College and subsequently converted into 13 apartments.

Mr Downing explained there were few properties like Canwick Hall available to buy in Lincolnshire.

"It is very uncommon for properties like this to come up on the market," he said.

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