Victorian former church building for auction

A 165-year-old former church in the Scottish Borders is among the stand-out properties coming up for sale at Bond Wolfe’s next auction on Wednesday 20 October.


The property needs extensive repairs and renovation and so is listed with a guide price* of just £30,000+ which is set to attract investors and those looking for a passion project requiring imagination and building skills.


The former Erskine Parish Church at 9 High Street, in the small town of Langholm in Dumfries and Galloway, was once the community’s North United Presbyterian Church.


Built in the Gothic style in 1867, the former church has been empty and unused for more than 30 years.

former church for auction


Ian Tudor, joint managing direct auctions at Bond Wolfe, said: “This is a remarkable building with an impressive tower and spire.


“It has been the focus of various plans over the years and most recently secured planning permission for conversion into four apartments, although this has now expired.


“The property may still be suitable for a similar residential use, subject to securing the appropriate planning permission. It is currently listed on a Buildings at Risk Register for Scotland.


“It sits in the attractive town of Langholm, which is predominantly made up of stone-built houses in a picturesque setting on the banks of the River Esk, with the backdrop of Whita Hill, topped by the massive Malcolm Monument.


“The town is in Eskdale, in the Scottish border country and at the junction of three rivers which are surrounded by extensive areas of hills and forests, an excellent location for walking, cycling and country pursuits.


“The potential for this building is limited only by the imagination of its new owner.


“This is an opportunity to bring new life to a landmark property in beautiful part of Scotland and we are predicting considerable bidding interest when this property goes under the hammer.”


The former church is just one of a total of 188 lots that will appear in Bond Wolfe’s next auction which starts at 9am on Wednesday 20 October. The auction will be livestreamed via Bond Wolfe’s website with remote bidding by proxy, telephone or internet only.


* Each property is subject to a reserve price which may be different from the guide price.  Please refer to the Important Information and legal pack(s) for further information and any additional fees which may apply.