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Detached house for sale

Guyhirn: Near Wisbech


Property Description

Key features

  • Detached Victorian Former Church
  • Grade II Listed
  • Suitable for Conversion to 2 Dwellings (max)
  • Adjoining Land with Planning Consent for 5 Dwellings also in
  • Closing Date for Offers 2nd December 2010

Full description

(Suitable for Conversion into two Dwellings, subject to
Planning and Listed Building Consent)

together with

(with Planning Consent for a Terrace of 5 Dwellings)

located in


PRICE: Offers in the region of 189,000 are invited (Subject to contract)


THE VILLAGE OF GUYHIRN is located just off the A.47 about 6 miles south-west of the fenland market town of Wisbech and about 15 miles east of the city of Peterborough. The village has a primary school and Post Office. March, which lies about 6 miles to the south, also has a good range of facilities, including a rail link with Peterborough, Ely and Cambridge.

THE GRADE II LISTED FORMER CHURCH OF ST. MARY MAGDALENE is believed to date from 1878 and is reputedly to a design by the renowned Victorian architect Sir George Gilbert Scott (1811-1878). It is of wire-cut gault brick construction with freestone dressings and a plain tiled roof.

[PLEASE NOTE: The building has undergone structural movement and reports indicate that this is continuing. Estimates obtained in 2006 from Citibuild Ltd of Swanton Abbott ( for carrying out the work - to a design prepared by the Thorney office of the Andrew Firebrace Partnership ( - to arrest the movement and stabilize the building by piling, anchoring, the creation of edge beams to the existing foundations and a 200 mm slab throughout the ground floor area were approximately 117,000. Prospective purchasers are requested to contact the above firms, or other specialists, for up to date estimates before submitting an offer for the purchase.]

THE ACCOMMODATION is as follows (N.B. All dimensions are approximate) :-

Entrance Porch:
Nave: 55' 4" x 24' 10". Archway and step up to:-
Chancel: 30' x 20' 9".
South Transept: 16' x 14'. Door to front churchyard.
North Transept: 16' x 14'. Door to north churchyard.


There are no burials in the churchyard. Several of the trees are subject to a Tree Preservation Order. Reference TPO 03/2009 dated the 14th August 2009.

Please Note: The war memorial on the road frontage, which is also Listed, (Grade II) is excluded from the sale.


It is understood that mains supplies of water and electricity and the public sewer are available for connection to the former Church and the adjoining development site.


Prospective purchasers wishing to view the exterior of this property may do so without further authority from the Agents, but must carry a copy of these particulars with them during the course of their inspection and produce them if so requested. Please telephone our Sales Office for an appointment to view the interior of the former Church.


Planning permission has been granted by Fenland District Council for a terrace of five houses on the area verged red and yellow on the plan delineated in these particulars under reference F/YR09/0489/O dated the 14th October 2009. A schedule of conditions attaching to the consent is included in these particulars.

With regard to the former church verged blue on the plan, in an exchange of correspondence between Howard Sharp and Partners, the Vendors' Planning Consultants, and Graham Nourse, the Principal Planning Officer (the "PPO") of Fenland District Council, between the 25th August and the 15th October 2009, the following guidelines were agreed, in principle, for the conversion of the former Church:-

See drawing 547/19 (Feasibility Study - Site Plan)



No more than two dwellings will be created, to minimise the impact on the existing building, whilst still ensuring a viable conversion. (N.B. The PPO has indicated that "should only one dwelling be considered rather than two, this would be considered acceptable by the Council"

Any conversion scheme will preserve the most interesting architectural elements, both internal and external.


Matching colour and texture of bricks and limestone will be used in any alterations on a "like for like" basis and existing materials re-used wherever possible. There will be no change to the character of the pointing.

Original features, including windows, doors and porches, will be retained.

Existing openings will be used and remain unaltered in their proportions.

No new doorways will be introduced into the south elevation. There may be a new back door introduced onto north side for one of the units.
The original doorways and doors will be retained.
No new windows will be introduced into the south elevation. Any additional windows will be sympathetic to the character of the building in terms of their design, scale and proportion.

Matching size, colour and texture of roof tiles will be used in any alterations on a "like for like" basis and existing materials re-used wherever possible.

Cresting roof tiles will be used on the ridge.

The original structure, shape and pitch of the roof will be retained. No dormers will be introduced onto the main roof. Roof-lights on the main roof will be limited to northern slope and be in flush fittings.

The bell-cote will be retained.


The building will be subdivided into two dwelling units as illustrated in drawing 547/19.

The stained glass chancel window will be repaired and retained.

The stone angels and heads carved onto the stone facings of the chancel walls and arch will be retained.

Any new floors will be positioned to avoid harming the external appearance of the windows.

The existing chancel floor will be replaced.

The pews, communion rail, pulpit, commandment board, organ will all be removed off-site prior to any works commencing.


At their next meetings following the submission of a potentially acceptable offer, The Diocesan Churches Uses Committee and the Diocesan Investments Committee will decide upon a preferred purchaser for the property who will then be given a reasonable period of exclusivity in order to obtain, at the proposed purchaser's own expense, planning and Listed Building consents for the conversion of the former Church. Prospective purchasers are advised that it will take several months to obtain the necessary approvals, not only for those which are planning related, but also for the legal process for the transfer to take effect.

The floor plan has been included as an approximate guide only and its accuracy is not guaranteed. The photographs in these particulars are from archive material so the present appearance of the interior and exterior of the building may be different in certain respects. In particular, the font, pulpit, pews and other fitments may be removed prior to completion.

Listing History

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06 July 2012


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