A Company with Character
Located in the historic Hall Cross House atop Hall Cross Hill off South Parade in Doncaster, the Alan Auld Group Ltd head office offers a working environment with history built to modern standards of heating and illumination. The area of the town in which the offices are situated was originally built as an enclave for the wealthier residents of Doncaster during the early 19th century when Doncaster was fast becoming a new industrial town. Many of the houses along South Parade were built over 200 years ago, and the area is notable within Doncaster for being home to some of the town's most architecturally unique Edwardian-era buildings. Of particular note is the former home of Edmund Denison MP, who was responsible for bringing the Railway to Doncaster, and the historic Salutation Pub, which is still thriving and open for business!
Hall Cross House itself was originally built by George Haugh, an artist and teacher local to the Doncaster are to serve as school for young ladies and was completed in 1801. The school was likely run by Haugh's wife Ann and evidence suggests that this seems to have been the buildings main purpose during the early years of it's existence.
Throughout most of the 19th and 20th century, it is not certain what the main purpose of Hall Cross House was. At various times, it is suspected that it was used for both residential and commercial purposes, and that it remained well-known within the Doncaster area for being situated adjacent to the Hall Cross Cenotaph, which in it's original form had been a wooden cross erected on Hall Cross Hill since the time of the middle ages.
After a time of country-wide economic troubles and a period of neglect and disuse, opportunity came knocking for Hall Cross House when it was purchased by English Estates in the late 1970s, and it was English Estates who added the current extension to the back of the building. The picture on the left is an artists impression of the finished renovation undertaken during the early 1980s and designed by David Lyons and Associates of Wakefield.
Sadly, despite their significant investment, English Estate's business would not last and the building once again became vacant and up for lease.
In 2013 however, the building would finally find an owner and receive the love and care that it deserved when it was purchased by Alan Auld Group Ltd to serve as our head offices. The Alan Auld Group of Companies is currently undertaking a program of renovation to cover the entire building with the intention of bringing it up to date with all modern legislation and standards, and to provide a comfortable, modern working environment for all our staff.