1, 2 & 3 The Merchants House, 6-8 Widemarsh Street, Hereford.
HR4 9EW Guide Price

Auction details:

Date: 16/06/2017
Time: 2.30pm
Location: The Green Dragon Hotel, Broad Street, Hereford, HR4 9BG

Intriguing Development Opportunity                    

Grade II Listed Building                                          

Formerly Forgotten Property                                 

Dating back to 1700

Accommodation over 5 Floors                              

Period Features including Fireplaces & Staircase

Planning Permission & Listed Building Consent Granted

Permission for 3 Self Contained Apartments (other residential possibilities STP)


For Sale by Auction (unless previously sold by Private Treaty) on Friday 16th June 2017 at 2.30pm at The Green Dragon Hotel, Broad Street, Hereford, HR4 9BG


One of the best historic houses in Hereford – it was rediscovered about 20 years ago and there was quite a flurry of excitement at the time in conservation circles.  A note about it was put in one of the Civic Trust Newsletters but with no historical detail.  Not being on the street frontage it is difficult to place it in such things as the hearth tax and the later poll books.  With such an excellent staircase it presumably belonged to a well-to-do trader.  The Mansion House c.1695 across the road has a similar staircase and 29 Castle Street – now belonging to the Cathedral School – has one too I think.  As the staircase has a closed string this makes it closer to 1700 than 1730 – houses in St Owen Street of c.1730 have open strings with slender balusters.  The cross window is a good early feature too.  All of which suggests the brickwork is c.1700 – a dusky colour, fired with Forest of Dean coal – like 29 Castle Street – the Council Minutes in 1699 refer to the pollution caused by early brick makers around the city who were benefiting from the Wye Navigation, which was opened in 1695.  The brick makers were burning inferior coal in their clamps. 


The block to the rear of these properties is a late 17th century house of hand-made red brick.  The stairwell and western portion survive, but the eastern part was demolished in 1962.  Only the ground floor was in use – the upper floors have been abandoned since the beginning of the 20th century.  However, the remaining portion retains a very good original stair and includes a modelled plaster ceiling on the first floor as well as other historic fittings.  There is a cellar underneath the main building, which is linked by a vaulted brick passage to the cellars underneath No. 3 High Town and is connected to a large vaulted brick cellar range underneath the yard.


The 17th century house was constructed to face a courtyard to the north and had an entry through an archway associated with the present No. 10 Widemarsh Street.  This building was, in the late 19th century, a public house called confusingly No. 5.  The courtyard now contains several 20th century outbuildings, and a disused entry to the cellars which was constructed during the Second World War as part of the air raid precautions.  The frontage block is not without interest.  No. 3 High Town was probably built at the beginning of the 18th century and has an original stair and a notable shop front of C1800, whilst No. 2 High Town was rebuilt about the middle of the 18th century and also has an original stair.

A full Shoesmith archaeological report is available from the agent’s office upon request.


Development Potential

The house may be retained as an individual home or converted to 2 maisonettes and a bed sit as permitted by formal planning and listed building consent, for which a technical start has been made.


The generous staircase and stairwell can be retained in all their splendour. The access to all levels and exit to the exterior conform well to the current building regulation requirements for a 'protected shaft' subject to installing fire doors to each individual unit.


The ceiling heights throughout are generous and lend themselves well to the need to insert fire and sound proofing between each unit. The exception would be the fine plasterwork ceiling to the main first floor room where repair is proposed followed by fire proofing within the void and above.


The top duplex apartment in particular would be especially desirable as it enjoys extensive views of roof tops and rising land to the north. This is achieved by the proposed addition of roof windows below the lower purlin level.


The rear of Widemarsh Street (in this location) has existing high status residential accommodation with very good levels of privacy and security.


Planning Permission & Listed Building Consent

Planning Permission & Listed Building Consent was granted on 3rd July 2012. All relevant Documents are attached.



The proposed plans were drawn up by J.J Rann & Associates, Architectural Consultants. Tel: 01544 239064


We understand these plans have been passed for 3 individual units but subject to planning these could be changed to form 1 whole residential unit or 2 apartments depending on the individual purchaser.


All enquires to Herefordshire Council Planning Department on 01432 260386.


Agents Note

There is a pedestrian right of way over the courtyard to which the property is accessed.

Copies of register of titles and Local Authority Search Report attached.



Gwyneth O Owen Solicitor

Upper Haven Cottage






There are 3 single phase supplies. We understand that mains water, electricity and drainage are connected. Any purchaser must satisfy themselves as to whether mains gas is available.



The property is located off Widemarsh Street in Hereford City via a pedestrian right of way next to Henryka (jewellers) and the property is found through a door on the right hand side.


Important Notes Regarding Buying at Auction:

The Auction Day The Auction will start promptly at the designated time and it is important to give yourself plenty of time to be there. Announcements made at the start of the Auction could relate to the property you are interested in, also the Contract Documentation for each Lot is available for inspection prior to the Auction and you have the opportunity to ask questions of the relevant Solicitor in respect of any outstanding queries you may have, although you are advised to have inspected the Documents prior to the Auction day and to have taken legal advice if you feel it necessary about these Documents. Bidders are advised to check with the Agents the day before the Auction to ensure that the property has not been sold prior to auction as we are obliged by law to inform our Clients, the Vendors, of any offers made prior to Auction. You are also advised to make sure, when attending the auction, that there has not been any variations to the Special Conditions and/or Addendum.

Conditions of Sale The property is sold subject to conditions of sale settled by the Vendors' Solicitors. The contract and conditions of sale will be available for inspection in the offices of the Auctioneers and Vendors' Solicitors seven days prior to the auction and will not be read out at the auction.

Guide Prices

The Guide prices are the parameters which we believe the Lot may achieve, although by the very nature of the entries, actual sale prices may be higher or lower depending on the demand on the day.

The Reserve prices are confidential between the Vendor and Auctioneers and cannot be disclosed. The Guide prices are given in good faith, but may be changed at any time leading up to the Sale.

Deposit Monies

Unless otherwise stated in the Special Conditions, the 10% deposit payable on the fall of the hammer should be made payable to the seller's Solicitors, (named in the particulars of each Lot in the auction catalogue). A banker's draft or a cheque drawn on a UK Clearing Bank will be accepted. Such cheques or banker's drafts will be presented for immediate clearance and you should ensure that there are adequate funds in the account to honour the payment.

Money Laundering Regulations

As a result of the new Money Laundering Regulations, all successful bidders must now provide proof of identity and current address to the auctioneers immediately after the fall of the hammer before completing the sale memorandum.


Viewings Strictly by appointment. Please contact the agents on 01432 344779 before travelling to check viewing arrangements and availability.  


Lettings & Management

Our residential lettings department offers an efficient, professional service and we are always pleased to provide further information to potential landlords and tenants.


Jackson Property for themselves and the vendors of the property, whose agents they are, give notice that these particulars, although believed to be correct, do not constitute any part of an offer of contract, that all statements contained in these particulars as to this property are made without responsibility and are not to be relied upon as statements or representations of fact and that they do not make or give any representation or warranty whatsoever in relation to this property. Any intending purchaser must satisfy himself by inspection or otherwise as to the correctness of each of the statements contained in these particulars.


The agent has not tested any apparatus, equipment, fixture, fittings or services and so cannot verify that they are in working order or fit for their purpose, neither has the agent checked the legal documents to verify the freehold/leasehold status of the property. The buyer is advised to obtain verification from their solicitor or surveyor.


25 April 2017