Blackpool’s 100-year-old shul to go under hammer with guide price of £125,000
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Blackpool’s 100-year-old shul to go under hammer with guide price of £125,000

Historic Grade II listed Byzantine synagogue up for auction six years after the congregation shut down

Blackpool United Hebrew Congregation
Blackpool United Hebrew Congregation

Blackpool’s 100-year old former Byzantine synagogue is to go under the hammer at auction with a guide price of £125,000.

The historic Grade II listed Blackpool United Hebrew Synagogue on Leamington Road was deconsecrated and closed six years ago, after community numbers fell below a viable congregation.

Despite council objections, planning consent was subsequently granted to turn the building into a series of two-bedroom apartments with car parking, and auctioneers said the development could still be done while respecting the building’s origins.

“This is a fascinating historic building in a well-known commercial district of Blackpool and as such it has great potential for sympathetic redevelopment and a new chapter of its existence,” said Paul Thompson of Pugh auction house.

“We have already seen a great deal of interest in the former synagogue from potential buyers. In the hands of the right developer, the site could continue to be an important asset to the town.”

The former shul will go under the hammer at AJ Bell Stadium in Manchester on 6 September.

Blackpool United Hebrew Congregation
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