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D&DFHS Online Members’ Meeting – The Sand House: A Victorian Marvel (Part 2)

11 December @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm GMT

This is a Society members-only event.

Part 2 begins with Richard Bell giving a brief recap of the Sand House’s origins, before telling the story of its use by Doncaster Corporation in the first few decades of the 20th century. Richard then tracks its demise and how its tunnels repeatedly made their presence felt after the house had gone.

The talk concludes with a look at how this amazing piece of Doncaster’s past is being given a fitting legacy, through the work of The Sand House Charity.

Please note registration for this event closes on 6 December 2020.

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    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 event opens on 26 November 2020 and closes on 6 December 2020.


    11 December
    10:30 am - 12:00 pm GMT