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D&DFHS Online Members’ Meeting – The Sand House: A Victorian Marvel (Part 1)

25 November @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm GMT

This is a Society members-only event.

In Part 1 of this two-part illustrated talk, Richard Bell, a direct descendant of the Sand House’s creator, tells how the house came into being. He traces its development through to its heyday in the late years of the 19th century, with the help of wonderful historic images.

The Sand House is a unique and fascinating but little-known part of Britain’s heritage. It was a prominent feature of Doncaster from the 1850s until World War 2.

It was created by excavating the ground from around a massive block of sandstone within a quarry. Rooms were then hollowed out in order to form a 36-metre-long, 12-metre-wide residence equipped with all the mod cons that a wealthy Victorian businessman could want.

From its modest beginnings as a two-up-two-down dwelling, it grew to become a ten-roomed mansion, complete with stable and ballroom.

Alongside the house was an extensive tunnel network with an abundance of carvings hewn from the sandstone within.

The Sand House’s sad demise in the mid-twentieth century means that this marvellous creation is no longer available for visitors to admire.

Please note registration for this meeting has closed.


25 November
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm GMT