Landmark church for sale in Sunderland city centre

West Park Methodist Church
West Park Methodist Church
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ONE OF Sunderland’s best-known landmarks is up for grabs.

West Park United Reformed Church, in the heart of the city centre, is on the market.

Property consultancy Sanderson Weatherall is acting as sales agent and is inviting offers for the freehold interest in the Grade II listed building, at the junction of Stockton Road and Cowan Terrace, with a guide price of £385,000.

Sanderson Weatherall head of commercial agency Robert Patterson said the church’s location meant it could be a bargain for the right buyer.

He said: “West Park United Reformed Church presents a rare opportunity for commercial conversion in an enviable city centre location.

“This historic building sits on a large corner plot and boasts many features and benefits that lend it very well to a range of community uses, or use as permanent music venue, thanks to its superb acoustics.”

The 12,500 sq ft church dates back to 1883 and is close to Sunderland University, the civic centre and Park Lane Transport Interchange.

Inside, the building has a full height worship hall, floor seating and an upper gallery, as well as meeting rooms, a kitchen and toilets. An original Renaissance-style pipe organ, which is in full working order, sits on the first floor overlooking the main hall.

Originally built as a Sunday school, the building retains many of its original features, with a rock-faced stone exterior, stone gable copings, stained glass windows and a functioning clock and bell tower.

The central pulpit is made of fine ashlar stone and features green marble with decorative Northern Italian-style carving.

Gothic-style detail features throughout the building in cast-iron piers with octagonal bases and stair balustrades with twisted cast-iron balusters.

The building could be converted for a wide range of uses, subject to relevant planning consent.

For further information and enquiries contact 0191 2690105 or visit www.sandersonweatherall.co.uk.