Black­pool shul sells for £100k

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community - BY JONATHAN KALMUS

THE BLACK­POOL Syn­a­gogue build­ing has been sold for in ex­cess of £100,000, ex­ceed­ing es­ti­mates.

Over­looked by Black­pool Tower, the 1916 Grade Ii-listed syn­a­gogue had been ex­pected to fetch be­tween £50,000 and £75,000 at auc­tion last Thurs­day.

How­ever, the auc­tion was called off when an uniden­ti­fied buyer sub­mit­ted a higher prior of­fer. The dwin­dling com­mu­nity, num­ber­ing around 75, has joined forces with the con­gre­ga­tion in neigh­bour­ing St Anne’s.

It is un­clear what the Black­pool build­ing will be used for, although a de­vel­oper is el­i­gi­ble for grant fund­ing from English Her­itage.the syn­a­gogue is on a “her­itage risk” reg­is­ter and ex­perts view it as a last ex­am­ple of Jewish Ed­war­dian Ori­en­tal ar­chi­tec­ture.

Shul pres­i­dent Barry Good­stone said pro­ceeds from the sale would re­lieve fi­nan­cial con­cern over the up­keep of Black­pool’s Jewish burial fa­cil­i­ties. “It could have been a li­a­bil­ity if we couldn’t sell.”

A de­con­se­cra­tion ser­vice will be held on May 13.

Rabbi Danny Rich at con­fer­ence

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