Historic building in Market Harborough goes on the market

Settling Rooms in Market Harborough.
Settling Rooms in Market Harborough.

The historic Grade II listed Settling Rooms in Market Harborough are for sale for £360,000.

The unique building, once the central office of Market Harborough’s Livestock Market, has been put up for sale by current owners Harborough District Council.

The building, situated off St Mary’s Place, has already received “expressions of interest” a council statement says.

Councillors agreed the building should be put on the market for long lease or for sale, to “achieve the maximum return from its assets on behalf of the taxpayer”.

Historically the building was part of the former livestock market, as a place for ‘settling up’ after the auctioneer had completed the selling of stock.

Cllr Phil King, Harborough District Council’s portfolio holder for finance and assets services, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for the future of this important historic building. We’ve already had keen interest in it which is not surprising considering it’s location in a busy area of the town centre.”

In recent years the council has worked to maximise the potential of its key buildings including redeveloping both The Symington Building and Harborough Market.

Harborough District Council and Leicestershire County Council are working with The Settling Room’s sole remaining occupants Shopmobility with a view to the charity relocating to the Roman Way Day Centre in Market Harborough.

Chris Hicks, Partner at Fisher German, said: “Fisher German are delighted to be marketing this iconic building on behalf of Harborough District Council.”

The Fisher German website says: “ This is a rare opportunity to own a landmark building in Market Harborough. The property is a detached two storey character building with one of the key features being a clock tower.

“The property still has a range of original features which can be seen throughout the building such as the stone mullion windows situated on the ground and first floors.”