By Liz Johnson | 9 July 2017 09:07:59A house built in 1782 is set to be put up for sale in St Albans after it was used by a British officer as a barracks in the Civil War.
The historic home is in the town of Woodhouse, which is close to the site of a former fort, and was once a main post for British troops.
The home was built by the Earl of Woodbridge, who had a role in the Battle of Waterloo.
“It is in a very interesting area,” says owner Helen Williams, who runs a local gallery and auction house.
“The whole area has been quite derelict for quite a long time.”
The house has been owned by Helen Williams for a number of years, but her family has moved to a new house in the area and she has been planning to sell it for a long while.
“I think it is going to be a great piece of history,” she says.
“A lot of people would be interested in it.”
The property was built in the late 1800s by Woodbridge as a temporary post for the Royal Engineers.
It is the largest building on the site, measuring around 5,000 square metres and having a roof over the entire property.
A couple of years ago, it was listed for sale on the town’s website for £5,000 ($7,000).
“It’s a very well-preserved house that’s been there for quite some time,” says Helen Williams.
“We just wanted to put it up for a good price and get some publicity for the town.”
While Helen Williams is planning to take the house up for auction, she also plans to donate it to the town, which would mark the end of its “lost years”.
“We’re hoping to have it listed for £10,000,” she explains.
“As soon as the council can find it a buyer, we’ll take it up and put it on the market.”
There’s still a lot of things to do in St Andrews, but that’s the plan.
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