A GRADE II-listed former Wem pub will go under the hammer in an online auction next week, with a guide price of just £50,000.

Potential bidders will be eyeing a slice of history when the former White Horse Hotel in High Street is auctioned off by firm Bond Wolfe in their next livestreamed auction on Thursday, July 13.

The building has been empty and disused for 15 years and is listed with a guide price of just £50,000 plus.

Ron Darlington, consultant director at Bond Wolfe, admitted the low price reflected the amount of work needed to restore it, but added that the potential is unlimited.

“The guide price reflects the need for extensive repair and refurbishment work throughout.

“This large and historic three-storey property could be brought back into use as a pub or hotel, but there is also the potential for a number of alternative uses – including residential development – subject to obtaining the necessary planning consents.”


The building stands flush to the pavement with its entrance, restaurant and bar on the ground floor, with a rear bar, former snooker or pool room and access to the cellar.

On the first floor is a landing with eight rooms and a box room, while the second floor has three rooms off the landing with a shower room and WC.

The building was said to be Wem’s premier coaching inn in the 18th century.

It was built of brick with the remains of an earlier timber structure within it, including reused 17th-century “crucks” or curved roof frames some of which can be seen on the second-floor landing.

The inn was extensively remodelled in Victorian times and continued in use as a hotel and pub until its closure in 2007 and it has been empty since then.

A Bond Wolfe Spokesman added: “Wem is a picturesque Shropshire market town midway between Shrewsbury and Whitchurch with historic links to pre-Roman Britain.

Whitchurch Herald:

“The former White Horse Hotel is just one of 185 properties appearing in Bond Wolfe’s auction, which starts at 9am on Thursday, July 13.

“The auction will be livestreamed via Bond Wolfe’s website with remote bidding by proxy, telephone or internet.”

For more details and to register to bid visit www.bondwolfe.com or email auctions@bondwolfe.com, or call 0121 312 1212 or 01902 928510.