Main Bridewell Liverpool

Pugh brings Victorian prison to auction

Knowsley Council is bringing the former prison on Cheapside in Liverpool city centre to market with Pugh & Co at a guide price of £500,000.

A buyer of the 19,000 sq ft Grade II-listed building off Dale Street, next to the magistrate's courts, would find themselves with 47 cells to transform for modern use.

The building closed in 1999 as a prison but was used as an overflow for detaining drunk and disorderly revellers during the millennium celebrations at the end of that year.

Built in the 1850s for a cost of £533, the Main Bridewell was brought to market for £600,000 in 2004 but failed to sell. It had been hoped it could be turned into a boutique hotel.

The four-storey building and yard – total site area 0.36 acres – is being sold by Pugh with 'development potential' but demolition will not be permitted.

The Pugh & Co auction, with 130 lots in the catalogue to date, will take place at Old Trafford football ground on 3 September.

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