A great story came across our news desk today, and it involves a little community church in a small village in Essex.
St. Saviour’s church in Faversham, Essex, has been put up for sale by it’s current owner, it’s in a idyllic location, is a local tourist attraction and has been granted Grade II status by the council, but there’s a couple of catches. There’s no central heating, hot water, and because of the tin fabrication, it is impossible to secure a mortgage on it.
There is a also a wealth of other work that needs to be completed to make the church more habitable, and anyone looking to make the leap shouldn’t of the faint of heart. Owner Nick Kenny originally bought the building off a joinery company in 2004, and has since lovingly restored it into it’s current state, which is habitable, but only just.
The tin church was first erected in the early 1800’s, and was part of a number of prefabricated churches that were popping up all over the UK, and was deconsecrated in the 1950’s.
When Nick first moved in to the green tin church it was little more than a cold, empty space, and he initially just camped inside the confines of the walls. But over the years he has slowly but surely transformed it, with bespoke furniture and quirky but interesting artefacts that he has collected throughout his travels around charity shops and car boot sales. Nick was a carpenter by trade, and his skills really came in to play when it comes to his fully bespoke kitchen. Each cabinet has been hand crafted to fit perfectly in the available space.
But the time has come to sell the beloved church, and it still requires a great deal of restoration. It needs some structural work, and essentials like insulation needs addressing. There’s also the small matter of the church heating system, which in this case, is non-existent. We just hope it goes to the right person who will be as passionate as Nick in restoring and preserving this gem of a church. It’s currently listed at £325,000.
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