My Favourites
Free sales valuation
To register for remote bidding in our next National Property Auction click here

Westhouses Methodist Church, Alfreton Road, Westhouses, Alfreton, Derbyshire DE55 5AH

Lot no: 114 Re-entry to a future auction

Guide Price £90,000+ plus fees

Unconditional with Variable FeeOn the fall of the hammer, the successful bidder will be legally bound to purchase the property. The successful bidder must immediately exchange contracts, pay a 5% deposit (subject to a minimum of £5,000) along with a non-refundable Buyer’s Fee of either 4.8% of the final sale price of the property up to and including £250,000, or 3.6% if the final sale price is over £250,000. The Buyer’s Fee is subject to a minimum of £6,000. Completion must take place usually within 30 days unless the Special Conditions of Sale state otherwise.

Thursday 30th September 2021

Key Features
  • A detached former Methodist Church with land to the rear
  • Would suit continued place of worship, or possible change of use (stpc)
  • Freehold with vacant possession upon completion
  • EPC Rating: N/A
Add to favourites
Re-entry to a future auction

Place of Worship

Property Description:

The property is situated within the settlement of Westhouses, approximately 1.5-miles north-east of Alfreton. The position is convenient for the A61, which provides a connection to Clay Cross and Chesterfield to the north, and for junction-28 of the M1 motorway. The immediate surrounding uses are residential, primarily in the form of ribbon development, adjacent to Alfreton Road.

The property was constructed in or around 1897 as a primitive Methodist Church, and is of traditional brick construction under a pitched roof overclad with clay tiles. The Chapel has painted stone headers and sills, and UPVC double glazed windows to the side and front elevations. There is a stained-glass window to the upper wall of the front gable, within an arched stone header.

At some stage, the Chapel was extended to the rear with a two-storey addition, providing lower ground floor space, together with Assembly Room and Vestry to the first floor. The Chapel is open to eaves, and has suspended timber floor with hardwood screen facing the front entrance doors. To the rear of the Chapel is a raised Altar, beyond which are two rooms leading to the Assembly area and Vestry. There is a kitchen and WC, and external staircase leading to the rear grounds. There is access through to storage areas, former coal store, and boiler room. Externally, the property is set back from Alfreton Road, and a brick wall forms the boundary to the pavement, with gated access and a ramp leading to the front entrance. There is a passageway to the side, and to the rear is a parcel of land with a southerly aspect.

Ground Floor

1,329 sq. ft. 123.5 sqm.

Assembly Room

457 sq. ft. 42.45 sqm.
(with Vestry, Kitchen and WC)

Lower Ground Floor:
Coal Store
Boiler Room
Storage and Ancillary

432 sq. ft. 40.13 sqm


2,219 sq. ft. 206.2 sqm


0.16 acres 0.0647 hectares


The property falls within the jurisdiction of Bolsover District Council. We understand that the property is not listed, and is not within a conservation area. The existing planning is for a Place of Worship, falling within use Class F1, as defined by the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987, (Amended) (England) Regulations 2020. We would recommend that interested parties make their own planning enquiries with the local authority.


Freehold. Vacant possession upon completion.

To book a viewing, please contact SDL Auctions to arrange.

Auction Method:
The auction for this property will take place as an “Auction Event” behind closed doors with a live auctioneer and will be streamed online in real-time. The property will be sold alongside several other lots. Bids must be placed remotely please see the below section on “Registration Process”. The auction can be watched in real-time on the auction date through SDL Auctions’ website on their home page.
The auction date applicable for the property is displayed underneath the property description. It is not possible to provide a precise timeslot when this property will be auctioned on the day, because there are other lots being sold.
You are required to undertake identity checks before you can be authorised to bid. You must also provide your payment details. If you do not provide this information, your registration will not be processed.
When you place your bid, you are deemed to have agreed to SDL Auctions’ Buyers Terms (England & Wales) which are available on SDL Auctions website.

Auction type- Unconditional with Variable Fee
If you are the highest bidder, you must exchange legally binding contracts for the sale when the auction for the property comes to an end. You must then pay the applicable fees and deposit. You must complete the sale within 20 business days unless the Special Conditions of Sale contained within the Legal Pack state otherwise.

Auction Fees
The following non-refundable fees apply:
Buyer’s Fee- payable on exchange of contracts. This is calculated as a percentage of the actual purchase price of the property. Either:
(a) 4.8% (including VAT) of the purchase price, for properties up to and including £250,000
(b) 3.6% (including VAT) of the purchase price for properties sold for over £250,000
The Buyer’s Fee is subject always to a minimum of £6,000 (including VAT). The Buyer’s Fee does not contribute to the purchase price.
There may be additional fees listed in the Special Conditions of Sale, which will be available to view within the Legal Pack. You must read the Special Conditions carefully before bidding. Any additional fees are included at the seller’s discretion, not on the instruction of SDL Auctions, and will be in addition to any fees payable to us. SDL Auctions has limited control over the content of the Special Conditions of Sale.

On exchange of contracts, you must pay a non-refundable deposit equal to 5% of the actual purchase price of the property, subject to a minimum of £5,000. The deposit contributes towards the purchase price.

Payment Method:
Applicable fees must be paid immediately after a winning bid has been placed. Payment by cash or cheque will not be accepted. Prior to the auction, you will receive an email from the auctioneer to register your card details with third-party provider, Stripe. Your card details will be stored on their secure online payment platform. Payment will only be taken from you in the event of a winning bid. In this case, you will be contacted by a representative of the auctioneer to make payment. If you cannot be contacted within 24 hours after the auction ends, the auctioneer reserves the right to charge your card.

Legal Pack
Before bidding, you must view the legal pack for the property. This is the collection of legal documents that apply to the sale. The documents will include but are not limited to: Special Conditions of Sale, title documents from the Land Registry and Energy Performance Certificate.
The legal pack can be viewed on SDL Auctions website by searching for the property. On the property details page there is a sub-heading “Legal Packs”. Follow this link, and you will then be directed to create an account with Auction Passport to view the documents.
The legal pack can change at any time up until the auction starts so you must check for the most recent version of the legal pack. An addendum may be issued outlining any late changes. At the point of placing your bid, you are deemed to have read the legal pack in its entirety, including any changes. Failure to check for changes to the legal pack will not be a valid reason for withdrawing from the sale.
It is strongly recommended that you instruct a qualified professional to review the legal pack and raise any necessary enquiries before bidding.

Special Conditions of Sale
The property is sold subject to any Special Conditions of Sale. These are contractual conditions that are included by the seller of the property - they are not part of SDL Auctions’ terms and conditions. The Special Conditions of Sale are legally binding. You are taken to have read and accepted these at the point of bidding, even if you have not done so. The Special Conditions of Sale are available to read in the legal pack.

Registration Process:
To register to bid on the property, visit the SDL Auctions website and submit your remote bid. The lot number can be found against the Lot Details of the property. Prospective buyers must register no later than 12pm the day before the auction date. If you register after the cut-off, it cannot be guaranteed that your registration will be processed.