AN auction will be held to sell off a historic village pub.
The Ye Olde Castle Inn on High Street in Caergwrle will go under the hammer at a public auction in Manchester on Tuesday.
The pub, which has a date stone of 1732 and is shown as having a thatched roof in an 1840 painting, remains a popular local to this day.
It will go on sale with a guide price of £150,000 plus.
Caergwrle county councillor Dave Healey described the pub as a “historic gem” for the village but said there is a feeling of uncertainty within the community regarding the future of the pub, which lost its listed status in 1998.
“Ye Olde Castle Inn is on the market and local people have raised concerns with me about its future which is uncertain at the moment,” he said.
“The building ceased to be a listed building in 1998 when it was de-listed by Cadw.
“However, it does have the designation of ‘a building of local interest in a conservation area’ which means that there would be strong opposition to any proposal to demolish it.
“It features prominently in a Heritage Lottery funded booklet ‘A Ramble Around the Historic Village’, which will be published in both Welsh and English in March.
“Indeed, the front cover of the booklet shows the Castle Inn around the 1880-90s when it was painted by M M Jacobi.
“It is one of the historic gems of the village of Caergwrle and I know any attempt to demolish it would be seen as a Philistine attack on the heritage of the community. It would be something which I would resist with every bone of my body.”
Pugh Auctions is listing the property, saying: ‘Traditional detached public house, with trade areas to the ground floor and three bedroom private accommodation above.
‘The property is considered to have development potential subject to obtaining the necessary consents.”
On the ground floor of the pub there is a front bar, rear lounge, a pool room and WCs.
On the first floor, there are three bedrooms, a lounge, a kitchen/diner a bathroom and a utility room.
There are outbuildings to the side and rear of the property, a car park for 12-15 vehicles and a paddocked area at the rear with a beer garden, decked patio area and smoking shelter.
The freehold tenure is approximately 0.19 hectares (0.47 acres).
For more details about the pub or the aution, visit www.pugh-auctions.com/ Lot/Manchester/20170221/ 042a