Historic church and hotel will go under the hammer

FOR SALE Stokes Road Baptist Church in Gosport and inset, Victoria House in Southsea
FOR SALE Stokes Road Baptist Church in Gosport and inset, Victoria House in Southsea
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TWO imposing and historic buildings are set to go under the auctioneer’s hammer next month.

Stoke Road Baptist Church in Gosport is among 30 lots being sold by Clive Emson, the regional land and property auctioneers, and is expected to fetch between £140,000 to £160,000.

Auctioneer Rob Marchant says he is anticipating keen interest from investors.

He said: ‘This substantial town centre former Baptist church served the local community for many years until it became surplus to requirement due to relocation by the local church community to nearby Royal Clarence Marina.

‘It is considered the building could serve a number of future uses, subject to all the necessary consents being obtainable.

‘Beyond the main body of the church building there is a smaller hall which, until recently, was used for community-based activities, as well as kitchen and toilet facilities.’

A former Victorian hotel in Hampshire Terrace, Southsea, since used by a housing association for letting, has a freehold estimate of £380,000 to £400,000.

Victoria House has a two-bedroom maisonette, a one-bedroom flat and ten bedsits.

Rob said: ‘Whoever buys this will be getting a lot of bricks and mortar for their money – and the accommodation is considered ideal for ongoing income-producing potential.’

Other lots which will fall under Mr Marchant’s hammer include a two-bedroom flat at Woburn Court, Marine Parade East, Lee-on-the-Solent, with a garage and sea views, which has a leasehold guide of £125-135,000.

A plot of land behind 57 Ellisfield Road, Leigh Park, is also up for grabs, as is a town centre shop with upper storeys at 147 West Street, Fareham.

A two-storey commercial unit at Jubilee Business Centre, 48 Aston Road, Waterlooville was previously a squash court attached to the now-defunct Waterlooville Football Club. Unit C has a freehold guide price of £60,000 to £70,000.

The auction will take place at the Ageas Bowl on May 8.