1800s Victorian Church with Residential Conversion Approval Hits Market at £60,000 – DIY Enthusiasts Welcome

A Victorian church, ripe for conversion into a residential home, is up for grabs at a mere £60,000. However, potential buyers should brace themselves for some serious do-it-yourself work.

Previously known as Lowther Street Methodist Church, this historic edifice was constructed in 1876 and is situated in the coastal town of Whitehaven, Cumbria.

Despite its grandeur and its original capacity to hold 800 worshippers, the building has been left abandoned and unused since 1996. Fortunately, planning permission for its transformation into a single dwelling has been secured from the local council.

Scheduled for auction on the 14th of September, the property’s exterior retains an air of elegance and good condition. Yet, venturing inside reveals the true state of disrepair, necessitating extensive renovation efforts.

Photographs depict crumbling walls and floors, scattered debris, cracked paint, and bare floorboards. Nonetheless, for those prepared to undertake a significant project, the former church offers boundless potential.

Ian Tudor, the commercial auction director at Bond Wolfe, stated: “This substantial property, built in a Gothic style, possesses numerous appealing features. While consent has been granted for its conversion into a residential dwelling, it could also suit a range of alternative purposes, including a bar, restaurant, community space, dance or fitness studio, subject to planning permissions.”

Situated near the Lake District National Park, the Georgian town of Whitehaven is served by two railway stations, adding to the appeal of this property’s location.

This former Methodist church is among the 175 lots featured in Bond Wolfe’s upcoming auction, set to commence at 9 a.m. on September 14th.

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