ONE of Huddersfield’s architectural gems has been sold – after seeking a buyer for more than five years.

Banney Royd went on the market for £5m in November, 2005, but slipped in price after a £3.5m deal fell through in November, 2008.

Latterly, the 10-bedroom mansion, seven acres of grounds and associated buildings were advertised for sale at £1.95m by estate agents Carter Jonas.

Now a sold sign has been slapped across the board advertising the historic Grade 1 listed property at Halifax Road, Edgerton.

James England, who handled the sale at Carter Jonas’ Slaithwaite office, was unavailable to comment on the deal.

It is understood the property has been bought by a Huddersfield family who wish to remain anonymous.

William Henry Armitage bought the site of the hall in 1899 and commissioned architect Edgar J Wood to design and construct the property to exacting standards.

Built in 1902, the property was widely admired for its graceful proportions and intricate detailing.

It was described as “the largest and most elaborate house of Wood’s career.”

The property was used as a teachers’ centre for some years and sold off by Kirklees Council in 1995.

The main house includes an entrance vestibule and reception hall, a billiard room, a sun room, a dining room, a study, an office, a breakfast kitchen, a morning room, a utility room and a butler’s pantry.

There is also a master bedroom suite with dressing room and en-suite bathroom, four further double bedrooms, two house bathrooms, a shower room and a WC.

The property also comprises a coach house and a cottage, a large double garage, stables, a coal house, garden stores, a garden cloakroom and two large garage/workshops.

The interior fixtures and fittings in the Arts & Crafts style with intricately carved stone fireplaces, barrel and cross vaulted ceilings, grand woodwork, stone arches, beautiful plaster mouldings and an office with a range of original fitted furniture which incorporates a desk and bookcases.