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Georgian mansion Bishton Hall bought by auctioneers

Georgian mansion Bishton Hall has been bought by an auctioneers and free weekly valuations will now be held inside.

Bishton Hall - credit Hansons

The Grade II* listed building at Wolseley Bridge in Staffordshire, which dates back to circa 1750, has been purchased by Hansons Auctioneers and, from August 15, it will host free valuation of all types of objects every Thursday, from 10am-4pm.

Antiques expert Ray Heath will be on hand to offer estimates and, if visitors like the guide price, items can be entered into auction.

Charles Hanson, owner of Hansons, said: “I’m delighted to take ownership of Bishton Hall which has now become Hansons’ county house auction showroom. I can think of no better place to display fine furniture, paintings and antiques than a period property steeped in history.

“For me, a man passionate about architectural heritage as well as antiques, it brings together two of my greatest loves.

“As well as hosting a range of auctions, we will be offering free valuations at Bishton. You can discover the history of your object while enjoying the property’s period magnificence and Temple Garden, which features one of the best Doric screens in the country.

“I hope the people of Staffordshire will come along to explore the Georgian gem on their doorstep and bring along any items tucked away in drawers and attics for valuation.

“We’re currently gathering objects for our inaugural Fine Art Auction at Bishton in October and can value anything including ceramics, glassware, paintings, works of art, silver, jewellery and watches.

“Ray Heath, the Thursday valuer at Bishton, has been passionate about antiques since the early 1970s when he became interested in 20 th century ceramics and decorative arts. He’s been involved in antiques fairs for decades, particularly in his home county of Staffordshire.

“He’s an expert in Moorcroft pottery and has a close friendship with the Moorcroft family. He also has thorough knowledge of Minton, Royal Doulton and Beswick – all pottery we love to see and sell at Hansons.”

Bishton Hall dates back to 1750 but some parts are older. There has been a structure on the site for centuries and Bishton is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086.

It has had many important owners over the centuries including three former Staffordshire High Sheriffs. In 1946, the Stafford Northcote family purchased the hall to house St Bede’s Prep School, which closed last year.

Mr Hanson said: “I follow in some esteemed footsteps and hope to do Bishton proud.”

Free antique valuations will be held every Thursday, 10am-4pm, at Bishton Hall, Wolseley Bridge, Staffordshire, starting from August 15.

Entries invited until September 25 for the October 9-14 Fine Art Auction. To find out more or to arrange a private valuation or home visit, email or call 01889 358050.