Ecclesiastical Proportions

 

If a modern house is your idea of a living hell, then perhaps a converted church could be your idea of heaven above?

 
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There are a whole congregation of converts out there ready to make the leap of faith and either buy an already converted church, or carry out their own conversion. We can thank the Victorians for building far too many of them – as even in their time, they were usually only half-full!

Built in 1881, this impressive Grade II listed church is set within its own surrounding gardens in Faversham, Kent. It was funded by a local gunpowder manufacturer’s widow to serve the town’s local parishioners. Its foundations are constructed of a traditional knapped flint and Bath stone dressing, topped with a signature Kent peg tile roof featuring cross-shaped saddlestones. The private driveway leads to an arched doorway entrance, with original colonnettes, behind which the impressive internal living space unfolds.

This sensitive church conversion allows communal spaces to flow harmoniously beneath beautiful vaulted ceilings and stained glass windows, offering a truly unique living space of arresting proportions, brandishing many original ecclesiastical features.

The interior is chiefly open-plan and loosely organised with a kitchen and dining area to one end and screened sleeping area to the other. A bathroom is housed in a separate room to one side. A nave of five bays extends to just under 1,000 sq.ft with an intricately crafted barrel-vaulted ceiling which soars to an awe-inspiring height overhead.

Lancet windows, most of which have retained the original stained-glass panels, are divided by angle buttresses and sit within deep embrasures.

The entire length of the interior arcade is serviced with underfloor heating in addition to two sizeable wood-burning stoves, which contribute to both the warmth and dramatic atmosphere of the building.

Churches are unique for their grandeur, which is no doubt why the owners chose not to break up that dramatic internal space into smaller pieces. When going about furnishing such a vast space, you certainly need to look for pieces of large proportions, and there’s no better place to look than your local reclamation yard.

FAVERSHAM

Faversham lies 48 miles to the South East of London and has a rich industrious past; its proximity to the Swale helped to establish its status as a key seaport and centre for ship-building. Between the 17th and early 20th century, Faversham became the heart of the country’s explosives industry until a devastating accident killed 100 factory workers in 1916. Numerous breweries later arose, monetising Kent’s thriving hop-growing industry and today, its visible history is fused with a characterful and lively town centre, with a clutch of independent and antique shops and its illustrious market taking place in the town centre every week for over 900 years.

Love what you see as we did? Then this place could be the answer to all your prayers, as it’s for sale at £825,000. Find out more by visiting the website below.

themodernhouse.com/sales-list/faversham-ii

Woo Gilchrist