You could own a Gothic church

St James’ is on the mar­ket for just £125,000

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - Ron Moore

A whole Pais­ley church and its grounds is on the mar­ket for the price of a two-bed flat.

Iconic St James’ Church in the town’s Un­der­wood Road is up for grabs at of­fers over £125,000.

Prop­erty agents right­move have listed the kirk, known as Pais­ley’s mini-cathe­dral, as a heaven sent op­por­tu­nity for prop­erty de­vel­op­ers.

The estate agent says: “This sub­stan­tial, Gothic style church with steeple was con­structed dur­ing the 1880’s.

“A large, in­te­grated church hall is sit­u­ated to the rear. A sin­gle storey ex­ten­sion has been added to the hall, pro­vid­ing a smaller hall, meet­ing rooms and toi­let fa­cil­i­ties.

“In­ter­nally, the church is very strik­ing in its ap­pear­ance, with a won­der­ful nave and chan­cel, with or­gan still in situ.

“Ben­e­fit­ing from nat­u­ral light, pro­vided by the stain glass win­dows, the ground floor pro­vides a large space for seat­ing, with a gallery above the en­trance.

“To the rear of the church is the bright and spa­cious church hall which in­cor­po­rates a stage.

“Ex­ter­nally, there are well-main­tained grounds with a sin­gle track drive pro­vid­ing ac­cess to the car park which lies to the east­side of the build­ings. There is cur­rently space for 13 cars.”

The B-listed church was forced to close due to dwin­dling at­ten­dance and spi­ralling costs, with many of the con­gre­ga­tion mov­ing to the Oak­shaw Trin­ity Church.

The Ex­press re­cently re­vealed that com­mu­nity ac­tivist Andy Doyle was be­hind a move to save the church and keep it open, but the project fell through.

St James’ Church, which has a 200ft-high spire, is an ar­chi­tec­tural gem, built in the early French Gothic style and dates back to 1884 when it was gifted, in large part, by thread-mill mag­nate Sir Peter Coats.

The build­ing also pos­sesses stun­ning stained glass win­dows dat­ing from 1904, a ‘Fa­ther Willis’ pipe or­gan, and an ar­chi­tec­turally im­por­tant font.

It also housed the old­est set of hand­bells in Scot­land, dat­ing back to the Vic­to­rian era.

The church’s cul­tural sig­nif­i­cance in the life of Pais­ley has also been huge.

St James’ closed in May 2016 af­ter more than 130 years serv­ing the com­mu­nity as a spe­cial place of wor­ship, wed­dings and good­byes.

For­mer Pais­ley coun­cil­lor Brian Law­son quipped: “For that price you could prob­a­bly start your own re­li­gion.”

Those in­ter­ested in view­ing the prop­erty are urged to con­tact the Church of Scot­land in Ed­in­burgh.

Heav­enly op­por­tu­nity Com­mu­nity ac­tivist Andy Doyle out­side St James’ Church, Pais­ley, which has gone up for sale

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