Ebenezer Chapel sells for £122k at auction
The Ebenezer Chapel has finally completed an auction – with the hammer falling at £122,000 yesterday.
A previous attempt to sell was blocked after a legal challenge, however the local authority successfully defended the challenge from a community group trying to block a sale.
The building, located in Cefn Mawr, received a significant injection of grant funding in 2008, which saw it converted into a community centre with office and gallery spaces and a café bar.
However, the project encountered financial difficulties because of a lack of visitors and the former Baptist chapel site closed its doors five years later.
Pugh Auctions conducted the sale yesterday with the property appearing to exceed the reserve / guide price and ending £122,000 plus fees.
The property was set to be auctioned off in 2019 by Wrexham Council amid interest from the Plas Kynaston Canal Group, which had ambitious plans to link it to a new cable car system.
However, the auction was pulled pending that interest – before returning to the auction block where no sale completed. The building was set to be on auction last month however that was thwarted at the last minute due to a legal challenge by a community group, with an interim injunction granted preventing the sale.
A sale yesterday does not confirm the property will be sold, as a previous auction by Wrexham Council for the King’s Mills site does not appear to have completed as of yet, with the council still ‘in discussions with the auctioneer’ the last time we enquired earlier this month.
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