See inside Kent's mail-order flat-pack 'Tin Church':Faversham's heavenly home is for sale for £325k

Bought by mail order as a flat-pack kit in the 19th century, one lucky buyer might find it to be a perfect ready-made home

If living in an ordinary house or flat is your idea of hell, why not try this unusual church?

The corrugated iron chapel was bought in the 19th century from a mail order catalogue - issued by William Cooper in London's Old Kent Road - by the local community in Faversham in Kent and arrived flat-packed.

Hundreds of such mail-order churches were sold during the late 19th century, and buyers could choose optional extras such as porches, steeples and even stained glass.

This 2,400 sq ft example has wrought-iron finials along the roof ridge, decorative bargeboards and alpha and omega designs in the altar window's glass.

Always known as the Tin Church, it was used as house of worship for decades before being deconsecrated in 1952 and has recently been given a makeover by designer Nick Kenny.

The timber-framed Grade II-listed building features soaring Gothic-style arched windows and doors, and the walls are lined with tongue-and-groove pine boarding throughout.

The vast former community area, now designated for live-work use, leads into the kitchen-diner which is fitted with bespoke units, while a spiral staircase leads to a mezzanine bedroom platform. There is also a shower room with loo downstairs.

At the front of the property, a sitting room featuring an elaborate circular window is accessed by its own staircase above several storage rooms.

Although the softwood frame means it is going to be very difficult to obtain a mortgage, prospective owners needn't worry about the thick corrugated iron rusting away because it is zinc plated and should last indefinitely if properly cared for.

Although Faversham is in the heart of rural Kent, twice-hourly mainline trains to St Pancras take 65 minutes, while there's a more frequent service to Victoria in under 80 minutes. 

The Tin Church is for sale through The Modern House for £325,000


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