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East Orchard, Shaftesbury, Dorset, SP7

££50,000 Guide

Detached House For Sale

A unique opportunity to purchase a Grade II listed, former church.

For Sale by Informal Tender. Bids are to be received by 12.00 pm on Wednesday 1st June 2022.

St Thomas’s church is located in the hamlet of East Orchard between the towns of Sturminster Newton and Shaftesbury in the Blackmore Vale.
Built of stone and rubble walls with a gabled, tiled roof and end bell-cote. Local Greensand stone forms the plinths and copings on the west. The porch has an outer, 2-centred arch resting on half clumps. The Church features lancet style windows throughout, with 5 graduated lancets to the West and 3 graduated lancets to the East. Currently laid out with a nave, chancel and south porch decorated with corner pilaster type buttresses and in situ is the late C12 or early C13 font with circular bowl ( NB In the event of a sale, the font and other fixtures and fittings will be the subject of directions made by the Bishop in due course).
This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

The contents shall be dealt with as the Bishop shall direct and in accordance with any listed building consent.

A sale will be subject to restrictive covenants.  Standard covenants that usually apply are appended at the back of the brochure.

AGENTS NOTE: Please refer to the diagram with highlighted hatching that shows "Areas of the churchyard highlighted in the plan may be included in the sale.

East Orchard is a hamlet on the southwest edge of Shaftesbury in the beautiful Blackmore Vale. Shaftesbury is an historic Saxon hilltop town with amenities for most everyday needs. The vibrant High Street offers a range of independent and national retailers. The town also offers a doctors surgery, dentist, opticians a cottage hospital and several supermarkets. A variety of cafes, restaurants and bars as well as an Arts Centre and library are available for your entertainment.
The area is well known for its choice of Independent and State, Primary and Secondary schools including Port Regis, Clayesmore and Bryanston. Transport links are excellent with the A303 leading to London and the A350 running North to South. The nearby towns of Gillingham and Tisbury have mainline railway stations with services to London Waterloo and the West Country.

1. Offers must be accompanied by sketch plans and written details of the
             proposed use of the property
2. The Vendors do not bind themselves to accept the highest or any offer
3. The offer must state clearly the price which the applicant is prepared to offer   and provide details of any condition that the offer my be subject to.

Conditional acceptance of an offer will be subject to:
1. Completion by the Church Commissioners of a pastoral (church buildings
             disposal) scheme authorising the new use and disposal of the property.
       2.    Approval by the Church Commissioners of detailed plans and   
             specifications of any proposed architectural or structural alterations
             following consultations with their expert advisors.

Viewings are strictly by appointment and accompanied by Woolley & Wallis as the building has suffered movement which has created cracks and loose masonry in parts of the structure.  Although measures have been taken to reduce risk, care should be taken when viewing, even externally from the churchyard and in particular if near the building, in case masonry should fall.  Netting has been placed near the south east corner of the building and those viewing are requested to keep away from the building in this area. The ground in the churchyard is uneven in places.

Electricity is connected to the property.

From Shaftesbury take the B3091 south west towards Sturminster Newton. After approximately 3 miles the road bends sharply to the right with a junction. Turn left and continue straight on. The Church will be found on your left.

Tenure: Freehold




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The Commons

01747 852242