Auction bidders are converted by charm of 17th century Gwent chapel

AN historic stone built two storey semi detached chapel dating from the early 1700’s in the countryside but close to Caerphilly town centre sold at auction.

Bijou Watford Chapel, on Watford Road, Caerphilly, was sold by Paul Fosh Auctions after a flurry of bids from a total of four bidders.

Originally constructed in the 17th century and extended towards the end of the 18th century the property, listed with a guided price of £87,000-plus sold for £135,000.

Gemma Vaughan, of Newport-based  Paul Fosh Auctions, said: “There was sustained interest ahead of the two day online sale which converted to a total of 44 bids over the span of the auction.

“Those interested were fascinated by the  solid, compact former chapel under a timber-framed roof with Welsh slate overlay as it appears almost exactly as it was left as last visited by its congregation.

“The chapel, which subject to permissions could make a lovely home or  home/office, is made up of an entrance vestibule with solid, timber-panelled doors leading straight into the semi-detached property. The staircase leads off the vestibule which leads up to the gallery.

“Further benefits from the chapel, which is next to the A469 Watford Road and just a short drive to the town centre with good links to the A470 and M4, is a car park adjacent to the chapel which provides parking for five to six vehicles.”