For years one of Aberystwyth’s most prominent town centre buildings held the historic records and archives of ancient monuments from throughout Wales, including historic castles to lesser-known archaeological sites.
Today the Grade II listed Edleston House, which was built over 100 years ago as a nursing home and was in recent years the university town’s County Court, has been placed for sale.
Built around 1898 by a Dr Bonsall in a colonial style, the building stands out with its large veranda as if it was picked from one of the former colonies.
It was home for many years to the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments in Wales, a base for archives and officers developing and promoting an understanding of Wales’ archaeological, built and maritime heritage. The organisation is now based elsewhere in the town.
“Edleston House is a property that most people who have been to Aberystwyth will know,” said Eurig Davies of Mid Wales and Shropshire estate and land agents, Morris, Marshall and Poole, who are handling the sale on behalf of Ceredigion County Council.
“It sits proudly along Queen’s Road and has had a mixed use since it was built around 1898 as a nursing home. It’s been home to a Royal Commission and in very recent years it was the town’s County Court.”
“He added: “We’re anticipating interest in the property for a range of possible uses subject to planning, although the office and conference facilities make it ideal for commercial office use.”
Spread over two floors, it provides 400sq metres of office accommodation and has its own private parking. It is on the market for £400,000.
“It’s an imposing building, decorated with a full height cast iron Coalbrookdale veranda. It also has a more modern extension at the rear which was used as a conference room for a large number of delegates, although it was used a court room while a court,” said Eurig.
More information about Edleston House can be found at www.morrismarshall.co.uk or by calling Morris, Marshall and Poole on 01970 625020.