Pew would live in a church like this? That remains a mystery, after an anonymous buyer snapped up Beltinge Methodist Church. The site in Glenbervie Drive was sold at auction for £46,000, despite only being expected to fetch between £30,000 and £35,000.
The detatched, single storey building was built in the early 1950s after a group of children collected donations to fund it. It was sold on behalf of the trustee at a Clive Emson auction, along with 60 other lots, earlier this month. Auctioneer Kevin Gilbert said:
“This former Wesleyan church is in a plot measuring 0.06 acres, or 0.02 hectares. There are obviously several directions in which this building might be developed or used, subject to all the necessary consents being obtainable. Within the church is the main chapel with bi-fold doors leading to a kitchen, lobby area, toilets and a store room. It was most likely built in the post-war era of the early 1960s and is non-traditional looking.”
It is not yet known who bought the church, or what plans they have for it. Also on sale was a three-bedroom detached house at 133 Reculver Road in Herne Bay, which sold for £182,000.
Herne Bay Gazette, June 26th 2014