1857 – Sale of the Priory


1857 25th of July

Desirable family residence and capital Estate investment

The Priory Conisbrough

(The historically interesting and exquisitely picturesque locale of Sir Walter Scott’s celebrated novel of Ivanhoe.)

To be sold by auction by Mr Webb

At the Reindeer Hotel, in Doncaster, on Thursday the sixth day of August 1857 at three o’clock precisely in the afternoon, subject to conditions of sale then to be produced.

The modern MANSION or MESSUAGE, known as Conisbrough Priory (partly built on the site of the ancient structure of that name) together with a common big US cottage and garden and about 15 acres of excellent grasslands, within a short distance from the house, situate in Conisbrough (a village of well-known interest to tourists and antiquaries) in the West riding of the County of York.

The MESSUAGE comprises entrance Hall, drawing, dining and morning rooms, housekeeper’s apartment, servants Hall, kitchens, pantries, and excellent cellars, five principal lodging rooms, two dressing rooms, and servantĀ“s rooms. In and adjoining the spacious courtyard of the house (which is well supply with good hard and soft water) there is a double courthouse, stabling for five horses, saddle room with sleeping chamber overrate, brew house, wash houses, laundry and dairy, Cal house, pigsties, and other outbuildings and conveniences, suitable to the premises for occupation as a family residence.

The beautifully diversify of the grounds surrounding the house comprehend a flower garden, with hot house, kitchen garden, orchard and lawn; and the hall is laid out with excellent judgement and planted with well grown trees, evergreens and shrubs of great variety and rarity; and so naturally the grounds disposed that the ancient keep of the Castle of Conisbrough appears to form part of the property and presents from the house a scene singularly effective and imposing.

The Messuage stands at a considerable elevation at the extremity of the village of Conisbrough, and is appropriately secluded by fences and bounded on every side to rogues. At a very short distance from the house there is the South Yorkshire railway station; and the premises, only 5 miles from Doncaster and seven from Rotherham, and within hunting range of two packs of hounds.

The property (which is freehold and moderately taxed and assessed) may be viewed with permission of the present occupier; and further particulars known on application to the auctioneer or to

James Falconar

Solicitor Doncaster

July 16, 1857

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