Marble fireplace from the dining room of Dawpool country House at Thurstaston, which is now in the Kingsland Cabaret Restaurant, Birkenhead.
A UNIQUE fireplace which once adorned one of the finest country houses and now acts as a doorway to a Birkenherad cabaret club is for sale.
The huge inglenook fireplace is being sold by the Kingsland Cabaret Restaurant on Borough Road, Birkenhead after they decided to modernise their entrance.
Now conservationists and historians are hoping it will be bought and its future secured.
The fire surround was commissioned to furnish the dining room of Dawpool, a country house at Thurstaston, built in 1882 by shipping magnate Thomas Henry Ismay, founder of the White Star Line, which later built the Titanic.
The house lasted less than 50 years and was demolished in 1927, at which point the lavish fireplace was sold, along with another.
While one can be found in Portmeirion, the other has for many years marked the entrance to Kingsland – largely hidden by a false ceiling.
The owners put it on internet auction site eBay with a starting bid of £20,000. So far it has not attracted any formal bids but Terry Lyons, director of the club, said they had been approached by a number of possible buyers and were deciding when or whether to re-list it.
He added: “We know it has this architectural heritage, and this being the 100th anniversary of the Titanic, thought there might be some interest in it.”
Chris Costelloe, Conservation Adviser for the Victorian Society, said: “This wonderful fireplace with its solid marble columns is part of Merseyside’s heritage and deserves to remain intact and in the Wirral.
“It would be tragic if this unique fireplace was broken up or sold abroad.”
The Victorian Society has also written to Wirral Council, the Liverpool Museums and to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London urging them to secure the fireplace’s future.