Victorian Wanstead church on the market

A historic Wanstead church dating back to 1875 has finally gone on sale after closing a year ago.

Cambridge Park Methodist Church on Cambridge Park Road, Wanstead is now in the hands of property consultants Cluttons, some 136 years after it was originally built.

The Victorian landmark held its final service last year and closed after building owners deemed the cost of repairing the damaged roof too expensive.

After the Methodist church moved to another Wasntead location, Cluttons began marketing the sale early this month and has already received a popular response.

Head of the land and development division at Cluttons, Malcolm Chumbley, said: “Cambridge Park Methodist Church presents a rare opportunity for a house builder, developer or any individual interested in former church sites.”

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The main church building is accompanied by a separated central yard area and this two building site boasts two church halls, a kitchen and a lobby area.

The church also benefits from its central location, surrounded by a range of high street and independent shops, and within walking distance to Wanstead Underground Station.

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Mr Chumbley added: “The site has great potential both as a residential conversion or a business or community venture subject to obtaining the necessary consents. Wanstead is serviced by good transport links and the site is surrounded by a balanced mix of residential, office and retail properties.”

Wanstead councillor Thomas Chan said: “With that sort of history, we would hope that the potential buyer for the Methodist Church would keep its historical elements. I’m sure everybody would like to see its historical heritage restored.”

Kathleen MacMillian, Redwood consultant working on the Cluttons project said: “There has been a significant amount of interest in this property specifically from developers.”

The church joined the United Methodist Church in 1907, before joining the Methodist Church in 1932.

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