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£198k to spend a penny at underground toilets!

Historic city wall loos attract huge interest at showground auction

SOLD: The underground toilets in Broad Street
SOLD: The underground toilets in Broad Street

A SET of toilets in Canterbury have sold at auction for almost £200,000, nearly four times the auctioneer’s estimates. The subterranean loos are situated next to the city wall adjoining No. 3 Burgate. It is thought that the toilets date from the 1930s and that there might be development potential, subject to all necessary consents being obtainable.

Developed

Kevin Gilbert, auctioneer and familiar figure on BBC’s Homes Under the Hammer, said:

“This is an interesting lot and might be developed in numerous directions subject to consents being obtainable. The WCs are centrally located on the corner of Burgate and Broad Streets. These historic conveniences attracted a great deal of interest from a variety of potential owners.”

The freehold guide price was £50-55,000. The final selling price was £198,000 when they were sold at the Kent County Showground, Maidstone, on Monday March 23 by Clive Emson. It is not known who bought the toilets, or what their plans are.

10 places cheaper than the Canterbury toilets

£189K: A two-bedroom cottage in Sturry Road, Canterbury
£189K: A two-bedroom cottage in Sturry Road, Canterbury

We looked to see what else you might buy for less than £200,000 in the Canterbury area. This is what we found on the Rightmove website:

• Two-bedroom flat in St Dunstan’s Street, Canterbury, priced at £190,000 (Reeds Rains),
• Two-bedroom flat in Sullivan Close, Canterbury, priced at £190,000 (Mann).
• One-bedroom flat in Old Dover Road, Canterbury, priced at £190,000 (Winkworth).
• One-bedroom flat within the city walls, priced at £190,000 (Miles & Barr).

£187.5K: A two-bedroom flat in Baton Mill Road, Canterbury
£187.5K: A two-bedroom flat in Barton Mill Road, Canterbury

• One-bedroom flat in Barton Mill, Canterbury, priced at £190,000 (Regal Estates).
• Two-bedroom house in Stranger’s Lane, Thanington, priced at £189,950 (FoxWood Maclean).
• Two-bedroom cottage in Sturry Road, Canterbury, priced at £189,000 (Miles & Barr).
• Two-bedroom flat in Barton Mill Road, Canterbury, priced at £187,500 (Sandersons).
• One-bedroom flat in Westwood Drive, Canterbury, priced at £185,000 (Connells).
• One-bedroom flat in the Tannery development. Canterbury, priced at £185,000 (Miles & Barr).

Herne Bay Times, April 1st 2015