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Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Quaint church hall goes on the market

A picturesque but little-used Victorian church hall in one of North Yorkshire’s prettiest villages is up for sale with planning consent to convert it into a three-bedroom house.

Looking for a buyer ... the church hall in picturesque Felixkirk.
The parish church is seeking offers over £200,000 for the Grade Two-listed hall in the village of Felixkirk, near Thirsk, at the foot of the Hambleton hills. The building, which served as the village’s school from around 1835 until 1934, is a focal point of the community but its suitability as a venue for local events has dwindled in recent years.

Crispin Pettifer, treasurer of the local parochial church council, said: “The church hall remains very close to the heart of the community buts its use as a public amenity just isn’t financially or practically viable any more.

“Not only have other more modern halls in nearby villages such as Sutton-under-Whitestonecliffe become more popular venues for community activities within the parish, but Felixkirk’s pub, the renowned Carpenters Arms, which is just over the road from the hall, hosts some of the gatherings that used to take place in the church hall, and in far more comfortable surroundings.”

Crispin added: “Nevertheless the hall is a fantastic building and we are really pleased that, by offering it for sale as a private residence, we will be giving it a new lease of life.”

Felixkirk church hall has planning consent to convert its current layout into a two-storey house with three bedrooms, a garden and parking after Hambleton District Council's planning committee agreed the best way to preserve the building would be to allow it to be converted into a home.

Toby Cockcroft, director of York estate agency Croft Residential which is marketing the property, said: “Felixkirk is a gorgeous village set in some of Yorkshire’s finest countryside, yet crucially it’s also just four miles from main line train connections in Thirsk and consequently just over two hours from London or Edinburgh.

“While converting the church hall to a house will certainly be an interesting project for whoever buys the building, it will create a unique and immensely characterful property that would be equally fantastic as a main house or as a country retreat.”

For further details of Felixkirk Church Hall, contact Toby Cockcroft at on 01904 238222.

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