Five-storey Boston landmark to go under the hammer – take the tour (GALLERY)

A Grade II-listed, early-19th century property in Boston – a landmark in the town – is going under the hammer.

The five-storey former warehouse in Doughty Quay, High Street, is being sold by Network Auctions with a guide of £110,000-plus. The building dates from 1810. Its listed status means it is classed by Historic England as ‘of special interest’. It has been in private ownership for the past 40 years. Toby Limbrick, auctioneer, said: “This building was originally a grain store, but the potential of this place is enormous. Even though the current use is light industrial, we understand the building has been used as a dwelling for over 30 years. The iconic status of the tower and its location adjacent to the River Haven makes it an ideal subject for a variety of commercial uses including a gallery, restaurant or offices, while it’s unique look and stunning river and town views would contribute to a home of great character.”

When sold at auction in 1946, the pamphlet described it as ‘substantially built to store heavy merchandise’. This is well illustrated by the walls which are one-metre thick. Historically, it was used as a warehouse for fish canners, grocers and grain merchants and known as the Van Smirren, London Warehouse, Booker Warehouse and the Public Warehouse. 50 High Street, Boston, will be sold by Network Auctions online on the December 9. For more information, visit