Real deal for Mock Hall

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A MIRFIELD farmhouse which was in the same family for 450 years has been sold at auction.

There was standing room only when Mock Hall Farm in Leeds Road went under the hammer in Brighouse.

The house fetched less than the guide price, but three pockets of land linked to the overall estate bumped up the total sale.

Mock Hall has been in the hands of the Armytage family since the reign of Henry VIII and is linked to a legend around the final resting place of Robin Hood. The medieval outlaw is said to be buried within sight of the old farmhouse.

In the face of ‘serious bidding’, it went for £380,000 compared to a guide price of £450,000. Wilbys of Barnsley, who handled the sale, said the figure reflected the current state of the property market.

The neighbouring land, though, pushed up the total sale value to £826,000 with some areas selling at well above the national average per acre.

On offer was 2.52 acres at Roberttown, 7.70 acres at Clifton and 40.20 acres at Bradley.

Edward Tabner of Wilbys said: “The land went very well for the area. The 7-acre plot worked out at around £12,000 an acre and the 2.1, £22,000. The national average is about £5,000 an acre.

“The house fetched a fair reflection of what is needed to be done. It needs modernising,” said Mr Tabner.

All the land was bought by local people who neighbour the estate and who plan to use it for farming purposes.

“We are less sure about Mock Hall Farm itself,” said Mr Tabner. “The people who bought it have no set plans about renovation, but it is likely to stay as a farmhouse.”

The death of Lady Margarete Armytage in 2008 is thought to have led to the sale. Her previous home, Kirklees Hall, was auctioned in 2009 and turned into apartments.

Mock Hall’s claim to fame is the legend that Robin Hood was born in Wakefield and that his cousin was the Prioress of Kirklees. She is said to have betrayed him in 1247, along with her lover Sir Rodger of Doncaster.

She lured Robin and Little John to Kirklees Hall to draw blood for medicinal reasons. But she took more than was necessary and Robin bled to death.

On his death bed, he asked Little John to fire an arrow from a window to determine his resting place. The arrow flew 650 yards and his body was buried in the grounds of Kirklees Hall - just over half a mile across the fields to Mock Hall.

The house was marketed as a renovation opportunity, with possibly improvement of neighbouring farm buildings. It has a living room, sitting room, kitchen, utility room and three bedrooms.