Keighley courthouse to go up for auction

Keighley courthouse

The former county courthouse on North Street in Keighley town centre is due to be auctioned next month by auctioneer Pugh, as part of a sale of more than 100 properties and plots of land.

The court building, which was built in 1831 and finally closed in 2012, has remained empty since its closure and has been given a guide price of £150,000.

Paul Thompson, managing director of auction house Pugh, said: “It is a shame for the local community when a historic landmark building like the courthouse remains disused for any length of time.

“There are all kinds of potential new uses for the property, in the hands of an imaginative investor, and we’re hopeful that if it’s sold at auction, this could mark a positive new chapter of regeneration for the building that would also be good news for Keighley.”

The 4,000 sq ft courthouse still retains many of its court fittings and has been largely left intact since it closed.

Pugh’s next auction, featuring properties and land across the UK, including the former Keighley courthouse, will be held online on December 9.  For more details and to view the full auction catalogue, go to

Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in March, Pugh has sold lots totalling over £28m at its auctions, which have been held on the firm’s online platform.


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