The majority of South Yorkshire's twenty-first century residents
are oblivious to the unique and fascinating Sand House that graced
Doncaster from the mid-1850s until the Second World War. It was
created by excavating the ground from around a massive block of
sandstone and then hollowing out rooms within, in order to create a
40-metre-long, 12-metre-wide residence equipped with all the mod
cons that a wealthy Victorian businessman would want. And yet there
is nothing to be seen now of this incredible Sand House. The two
authors show how the idea for the Sand House arose from its
creators' combined business interests of property development and
sand extraction. From its modest beginnings as a two-up-two-down
dwelling, it grew to become a ten-roomed mansion, complete with
stable and ballroom. Not only dances but other major social events
took place in the house and its 'sunken garden'; guests were
allowed to explore the property's extensive tunnels and admire the
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,
but its story lives on through the pages of this book.
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