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Breaking News ! A derelict church in Penzance is going under the hammer following instructions from Prince Charles’ Duchy of Cornwall - and it could be yours for £50k. The former St Paul’s Church in Clarence Street has a freehold guide price of £50k plus in the seventh auction of 2020 by the regional land and property auctioneers Clive Emson on Wednesday November 4. Auctioneer Graham Barton said: “This is a rare opportunity to acquire a well-known former church in a prominent location in Penzance. “It is unusual, although not unknown, for churches to placed at auction. "In this case the Duchy of Cornwall has instructed the sale after the freehold of the property passed to Prince Charles in his capacity as the Duke of Cornwall. “The church may suit a number of purposes although potential residential development into a landmark Grand Designs style home may cross the minds of some, subject to the necessary consents.” Being sold on behalf of the Duchy of Cornwall, it is being auctioned jointly with Vickery Holman Property Consultants. Clive Emson Auctioneers holds a regional auction eight times a year – effectively one every six weeks. A sale rate of 92% was recorded by the West Country office via the region’s lots at the firm’s last auction in September, which across the company raised £20m of sales. Inside the derelict St Paul's Church in Penzance (Image: Greg Martin / Cornwall Live) One of the top five property auctioneers in the UK, it has 122 lots on offer across southern England for its next online-only auction on Wednesday November 4. Click here for more details.
. You can also get your favourite content via our dedicated smartphone apps. This isn't the first time the church has been placed at auction. St Paul’s Church in Clarence Street, Penzance, which was sold on behalf of Duchy of Cornwall on a Bona Vacantia basis this year, and smashed its £50,000 guide price, fetching £112,000 at the auction on Thursday, June 18, held by Clive Emson. Although the winning bid was not surprising, with joint auctioneers Vickery Holman originally looking for offers in the region of £100,000 back in January 2020, what was unusual was that the property was bought without anyone looking inside or seeing any interior photographs.
St Paul's Church in Penzance
(Image: Clive Emson)
St Paul’s Church, which is also known as Saint Paul’s Memorial Jubilee church and Church of Saint Paul, was declared redundant in 1999, and was finally closed on 30th April 2000 due to the mounting cost of staffing and maintenance. In the years that followed, it is said that the corporate owner went insolvent and was eventually dissolved, and the keys to the church’s grand oak doors went missing.
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Described by auctioneers as a property which “may suit a range of purposes including residential development into a 'Grand Design' style dwelling,” it seemed that whatever was hidden inside the former church was unlikely to be seen by the general public ever again. However, just before the Grade II Listed building was sold at auction, and before its inevitable transformation, we were given a rare and chance opportunity to document the inside, which has not been seen by the public for 20 years. Take a look inside it here.
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