This 12th century church could be yours for less than the average house price in Wales

A 12th century church has gone up for sale and the historical building has permission to be converted into a home.

The former St Mary’s Church, found in Whitson on the Gwent Levels, is going under the hammer with Paul Fosh Auctions next month.

Being sold for a private vendor, the former place of worship needs a bit of work but has planning for conversion into a residential dwelling, so would make an ideal project.

It has a guide price of £110,000 , a figure that falls below the average house price in Wales (which is currently £176,316).

The auction , which includes the church, is taking place on Thursday, May 3 at the Park Inn Hotel, Llanedeyrn, Cardiff. It kicks off at 5pm.

Original parts of the building (noted for its fine tower and memorable ‘pinnacle’ in local history records), date back as far as the 12th century with later additions including a 15th century tower.

Steeped in history, it’s a Grade II-listed property and inside, the building is currently derelict while much of its roof is missing.

The planning includes the development of a residential dwelling, with an open-plan living area, a kitchen on the ground floor, two bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor, along with more accommodation within the tower.

“The church is in the village of Whitson which is situated on the Caldicot Levels where there are a number of farmsteads and houses,” said Sean Roper, of Newport-based Paul Fosh Auctions.

“The unique property is close to the sea wall and the Severn Estuary.”

On the grounds, you’ll find a new driveway and work has already commenced on the installation of a small bridge over the reen (or stream).

The adjoining graveyard is not included in the sale but there is an area near the building which the vendors say could be used for a garden.

Sean added: “The city of Newport is approximately seven kilometres away with its wide range of amenities and shopping facilities including the Friars Walk Shopping Centre.

“The M4 motorway is easily accessible, offering easy access for commuters to both Cardiff and Bristol especially with the abolition of tolls on the Severn Bridges.”

For more information visit the Paul Fosh Auctions website.