A Victorian church in Wolverhampton, which had issues with dry rot, damp and blocked gutters, has been given a new lease of life and is set to open soon as an antiques emporium.
St Luke’s Church is a Grade II listed building but it hasn’t been used for a decade because of all the issues with the structure. Over £1 million was required to carry out repairs and it was subsequently sold by the church.
However, rather than knocking down the iconic structure, the new owners have restored it and intend to open it as an antiques emporium in the coming months.
Speaking to the Express and Star, partner in the business Dave Usher commented: “It is a fantastic space. When you go into it, it looks like you are walking into a Dracula site - it’s all gothic.”
As well as removing the dry rot and damp, the new owners at Czero Developments have replaced the missing and broken slates on the spire and had the gutters properly cleared.
There will be space for approximately 30 traders in the church, and Mr Usher and his business partners are inviting prospective tenants to come and view the space before committing to signing up.
Andrew Mason, from the Diocese of Lichfield, explained that the church supported the proposals, noting “the proposal to convert the closed church into an antiques emporium, thus repairing and opening the church up to the wider public to enjoy is to be warmly welcomed”.
Dry rot can be a particular cause for concern. Earlier this year we revealed that dry rot was threatening the world’s oldest Methodist chapel.
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