TWO historical buildings in Kendal will go under the hammer today.

The auction to sell Nos 9 and 11 Church Walk, known as the 'The Old Grammar School', will take place at 7pm at Abbot Hall. 

An application by Kendal Civic Society to nominate the building as an Asset of Community Value was rejected despite being considered by Westmorland and Furness Council.

Paul Grout, chair of Kendal Civic Society, said: "The Civic Society were obviously disappointed that the council decided against our application. 

"The sale represents a significant missed opportunity for the future development of the Abbot Hall site."

Mr Grout said the building was one of the 'most important historic buildings in Kendal.'

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Lakeland Arts acquired 11 Church Walk in 1969 and number 9 in 2014. Both were in an un-modernised state, with number 9 being more dilapidated than number 11. 

The charity will use proceeds from the sale of the building to invest in collections and programming and make a substantial contribution towards building a sustainable future for Abbot Hall and Lakeland Museum on the Kendal site. 

Known in town as The Old Grammar School, the property comprises of two terraced houses and can be sold together or separately.

Believed to date back to the late 1500s and used as a school until 1888, the properties offer some character features.

They are now in need of a full refurbishment to bring them back to life. The property is listed by local estate agent Armistead Barnett.