Frozen in time, Hull townhouses sold at auction for just £271,500

Two neighboring frozen-in-time Georgian townhouses in Hull have sold for £271,500.

The houses on Grimston Street and Jarratt Street are among the oldest residential properties in the town centre.

Dating back to 1796, most parts of both have been largely intact for more than 50 years since their last change of hands.

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Part of a Grade II listed terrace of townhouses of the same period opposite the Hull New Theatre, they have 18 bedrooms over five floors, including basements.

However, almost all of them are in poor and dilapidated condition.

Now a new owner will face the difficult task of restoring both properties to their original glory after buying the pair for £271,500 at an online auction organized by property company Hammer Price Homes.

One of the bedrooms in the Grimston Street townhouse

The auction took place earlier this week with a stipulation that bids could only be made by cash buyers due to the condition of the two properties, neither of which is considered mortgageable.

Just over two years ago Hull City Council served legal notices on the then owner demanding that emergency external repairs be carried out on both properties.

The move follows concerns about the condition of the two townhouses. The council then carried out the work themselves, repairing a shattered window, rotting door pilasters and repainting a bay window on the Jarratt Street facade.

The Grimston Street Townhouse
The Grimston Street Townhouse

Former dentist Philip Cathie, owner of both properties, died a few months later.

He lived there alone after his mother’s death and ran a denture repair business out of the basement of the Jarratt Street property for many years.

A homeopathic medical center was also set up on part of the property in the 1970s.

Transfer documents released from the current sale show Mr Cathie bought the two houses in 1968 for £750.

Bidding at this week’s auction started with a bid of £160,000.

One of the rooms inside the Jarratt Street Townhouse
One of the rooms inside the Jarratt Street Townhouse

In a dramatic finale, 60 different bids were submitted in the final 80 minutes of the timed auction before the final winning bid won the day.

It is not yet clear who the new owner is or what his plans are for the distinctive homes.

But historian Alec Gill, who lives in nearby John Street, said it would be good to see them reused as family homes.

He added: ‘Let’s hope someone around has purchased these priceless properties to keep as single family homes.’

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