Buyer found for redundant Abney Church?

REDUNDANT Abney Church is currently under offer with Kirkhams estate agents.

Abney Church

But Kath Hicks, from Kirkhams’ commercial department, says completion could take up to six months.

The delay is caused by it being a former place of worship and having to deal with church authorities.

Kath added there had been “considerable interest” in the building that is on Huddersfield Road, Micklehurst.

She pointed out that when a similar church was sold not long ago in Chadderton there were around 50 viewings and 40 offers.

Kath recently told the Correspondent many of the interested parties took along architects and builders and the most likely scenario was it becoming a home.

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

The sale was under the Charities Act and after the October 31 deadline for final offers, a report was written for the church about the offers and plans for the building with the synod making the final decision.

Abney Church closed on April 23, 2017 due to dwindling congregations and a £65,000 repair bill that was beyond its means.

Services had been held in the building since 1855 and elder Mary Howarth remarked at the time about the tears and sadness about its closure.

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