When looking for a home, location is often a priority for people.
So what’s it like to live in the middle of a graveyard?
The pavilion in Darlington North Cemetery is expected to be auctioned by council.
And while it’s fair to say it’s located in a somewhat unusual area, its sale is also an opportunity to take home a piece of history.
Not only was it designed by a renowned architect and built by a prolific stonemason, it was built in memory of railroad pioneer Joseph Pease.
After his death on February 8, 1872, Pease’s five sons offered 14 acres of land to the city to create a new cemetery amid the railroaders’ terraces at the north end of town.
GG Hoskins, who designed many of the best Victorian buildings in the area, including Middlesbrough Town Hall, drew up the plans, and the sole contractor was the stonemason, Robert Borrowdale.
The cemetery entered service in 1877.
So, although the lodge itself is in need of some refurbishment, the auction is certainly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
A Darlington Council spokesperson said: ‘We can confirm that the Cabinet has agreed to dispose of the building in this manner.
“We share the optimism of the Friends (of North Park and North Cemetery) that a new owner will be able to ensure the future maintenance of the building.
“Any proceeds from the sale of the building will go towards the care and upkeep of the North Cemetery, in accordance with the consultations and advice of the Charities Commission.”
An indicative price and details of the location and date of the auction have yet to be finalized