Former Abney Church likely to become a home

ABNEY Church is likely to be turned into a home according to Kirkhams estate agents who are marketing the property.

Abney Church

Kath Hicks, from Kirkhams’ commercial department, revealed 30 viewings took place before the October 31 deadline for final offers.

“Many of the interested parties took along architects and builders and mostly it was for residential development,” explained Kath who confirmed a number of offers had been made.

The former church on Huddersfield Road, Micklehurst was put on the market for offers in the region of £150,000.

Kath added that the sale is not straightforward due to it being a former place of worship.

She said: “The sale is under the Charities Act and after the deadline we wrote a report for the church about the offers and plans for the building, and the synod will make the final decision.

“We recently sold another church and it took six months to complete from when the offer was accepted.”

Abney Church closed on April 23 due to dwindling congregations and a £65,000 repair bill that was beyond its means.

Elder Mary Howarth remarked at the time about the tears and sadness as services had been held in the building since 1855.

Congregational services had been held in Mossley and Staley since 1838.

In 1852 regular services began in Britannia Mill before the foundation stone for a Congregational Church building was laid in 1854 by Stalybridge MP John Cheetham and it opened the following year.


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