Can you remember Doncaster's strangest landmark?

For more than a quarter of a century, it was one of Doncaster's weirdest landmarks.

Monday, 1st February 2016, 07:41 am
Updated Monday, 1st February 2016, 07:44 am
The unfinished house which stood in Doncaster for 25 years.

Not an historic building, or a statue, it was a huge half-built, ramshackle house which stood a stone's throw away from Doncaster Rovers' former Belle Vue ground for 25 years.

Construction work started on the property on St Anne's Road in 1975 - and then promptly ground to a halt.

When work came to a standstill, the huge, sprawling house was left windowless and open to the elements.

And that's how it stayed, right up until 2000 when bulldozers moved in to wipe out the property which had become an unlikely landmark for thousands of football fans down the decades.

Dubbed an eyesore by locals, the council first set about trying to raze the property in 1996 after a public inquiry ruled that the crumbling shell had to go.

Felix Boyling, the man responsible for starting the work, contested the move and said he wanted construction to get underway again.

He had said that finishing off the property - meant as an extension to his family bungalow would cost £42,000. He blamed the delays on family rifts and ill health and said that until work had ground to a halt, £40,000 had been spent on the massive home.

The house had become a target for a series of vandal attacks and Government inspector Keith Turner ruled that it must go.

Doncaster Council had agreed to foot a £16,000 bill for the demolition but Mr Boyling later decided to knock down the house himself.

And so it was in September 2000, the property which had stood there empty and untouched for 25 years