Old hospital on market £2.25m

The former St Thomas’s Hospital on Scarborough seafront is up for sale for £2.25m.

The three-storey, grade II-listed building opened as the Royal Northern Sea Bathing Infirmary in 1860.

The registered owners are local businessmen Joe Ledden and Brian Thompson.

The ground floor at the front has been converted into six shops whose annual income exceeds £120,000, according to the firm marketing it.

The upper floors, which are vacant, have planning permission to be turned into flats.

The 0.527-acre site includes the former nurses’ home at the back, which has big holes in the roof and is used as a roost by thousands of starlings in the winter.

Designed by William Baldwin Stewart, the former Victorian hospital has a dignified composition with a rusticated stone podium, tall round-headed windows in yellow brick walls and shallow-pitched roofs, according to The Streets of Scarborough by Raymond Fieldhouse and John Barrett.