Main Street, Prickwillow, Near Ely

£125,000 OIRO
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Property Summary

Detached Victorian former Church with beautiful beamed ceiling and other original architectural features. Planning consent for change of use to 5 bedroom residence with living, dining and family areas, 2 bathrooms & en-suite shower. Site area just under 1/3rd acre. (Ref: E121A)

THE VILLAGE OF PRICKWILLOW is located at the junction of the B.1382 with the B.1104 highways about 5 miles north-east of the city of Ely with its magnificent Cathedral, wide range of shopping and leisure facilities, and rail links to London (King's Cross and Liverpool Street), Cambridge and Peterborough. The River Lark runs along the eastern edge of the village where the Drainage Engine Museum is also to be found. The settlement's name refers to the long thin skewers, or 'prickets' of willow – used to make thatch – that grew in the surrounding land.

THE FORMER CHURCH OF ST. PETER is believed to date from 1866 and is to an attractive Gothic design. It is of brick and flint rubble construction with ashlar dressings and a tiled roof. It occupies a site at the eastern end of the village which has an area of 0.325 of an acre (0.132 hectares), or thereabouts, as shown within the boundaries edged red on the attached identification plan. There are no burials in the churchyard.

THE ACCOMMODATION is as follows (N.B. All dimensions are approximate):-

Entrance Porch: 7' 5" x 6' 11" (2.26m x 2.11m). Arched entrance door. Two arched and leaded glazed windows. Stone flagged floor. Arched inner door to:-

Nave: 53' 8" x 20' 2" (16.36m x 6.15m). Exposed ceiling beams. Stained glass window with west aspect. Three leaded glazed windows with north aspect and four with south aspect. Boarded floor.

Crossing: 20' 2" x 19' 3" (16.36m x 5.87m). Exposed ceiling beams, Boarded floor.

Pentagonal Chancel: 20' 2" x 17' 7" (16.36m x 5.36m). Stained glass window and two others with east aspect. Exposed ceiling beams.

South Transept: 21' 7" x 19' 3" (6.58m x 5.87m). Two leaded glazed windows with west aspect and one with east aspect. High-level ocular window. Exposed ceiling beams. Arched door to churchyard.

North Transept: 21' 7" x 19' 5" (6.58m x 5.92m). Leaded glazed windows with west and east aspects. High-level ocular window. Exposed ceiling beams.

Cloakroom: (off Nave) 9' 7" x 7' 6" (2.92m x 2.29m) overall.

Two leaded glazed windows with north aspect. Pedestal hand-basin. Separate W.C. Enclosure.


It is understood that mains supplies of water and electricity and the public sewer are either connected, or are available for connection, to the building.


Prospective purchasers wishing to view the exterior of this property may do so without further authority from the Agents, but must carry a copy of these particulars with them during the course of their inspection and produce them if so requested. Please telephone our Sales Office for arrangements to view the interior of the former Church which will be on an "open-house" basis at set times.


Planning permission has been granted by East Cambridgeshire District Council for the conversion of the former Church to a 5 bedroom residence under Reference 17/00950/FUL dated the 14th December 2018. Detailed drawings, related documents and the full decision notice are available on the Planning Authority's website


Prickwillow St Peter is a consecrated building which has been formally declared closed for regular worship under the provisions of the Pastoral Measure 1983.

Under the Measure, the Ely Diocesan Church Uses Committee has a duty to make every endeavour to find a suitable alternative use for the building and to negotiate provisional terms of sale.

The Committee has decided to carry out this duty by offering the building and churchyard for sale, subject to the conditions and stipulations set out herein.

The Committee has no power of sale, but it will report the results of any offers received to the Church Commissioners, who have power to agree, to prepare and issue under the provisions of the Measure, a draft scheme which, when it becomes effective, will appropriate the property to the use approved by the Commissioners and will empower them to sell the building and annexed land for that use. Upon the scheme becoming effective, the building and churchyard will be freed from the legal effects of consecration.

One of the requirements of the Measure is that the Commissioners must consult the Church Buildings Council as to proposed alterations to the building before the scheme can be initiated.

For this reason, the person making the most satisfactory offer will be required to convert the building in accordance with the approved plans.

Under the statutory procedures, the draft scheme has to be published and any representations considered. It is only when the scheme has been made (i.e. sealed) by the Commissioners, that the property vests in the Commissioners for sale for a specific use.


The sale of the land and building edged red on the plan will be subject to contract and, inter alia, to the following conditions and covenants:-


(a) The Commissioners, do not bind themselves to accept the highest (or any) offer.

(b) Within a period of six months from the date of completion of purchase, the Purchaser to carry out such works or repair as may be required to render the building in a reasonable state of repair and safe condition to the satisfaction of the Commissioners' Surveyors and thereafter to keep the said building in the like condition.

(c) The Purchaser shall not use the property other than for the approved purpose nor for any illegal or immoral purpose nor for any purpose which may be or become a nuisance, annoyance or disturbance to the transferor nor which shall (in the opinion of at least two of the following: the Bishop of Ely, the Dean of Ely Cathedral and the Archdeacon Huntingdon and Wisbech) be offensive to the principles and practice of the Christian faith.

(d) The Purchaser shall not demolish, or permit to be demolished, any building on the said property or any part thereof without the prior written consent of the Commissioners.

e) The Purchaser shall forthwith erect and forever after maintain in a prominent position, a notice board of a size and type to be approved in writing by the Commissioners, indicating that the said property is now used for the approved purpose under (c) above.

(f) The Purchaser shall not make or permit any architectural or structural changes in any building on the said property or any part thereof except in accordance with plans previously approved in writing by the Commissioners.

(g) The Purchaser shall within a period of two years from the date of completion of purchase carry out and complete the works shown on the plans referred to under (f) above.

(h) The Purchaser shall allow access, at all reasonable times and on reasonable notice, to the Vendors' surveyor to enable him to inspect the works to be undertaken by the Purchaser in accordance with these covenants.

(i) The Purchaser shall not damage any monument or memorial in the property nor, without the Vendors' consent, to remove or disturb any such.

(j) The Purchaser shall not grow anything on the property which may weaken or undermine the structure of any building or wall on the property nor to allow any trees or shrubs within 3 metres of any such building or wall to grow to a height greater than 1.5 metres.

(k) The Commissioners reserve the right to remove any fitments, monuments or memorials prior to completion of the sale.



The Church is an exempt building and an EPC is not required.



1. The plans included in these particulars are for information purposes only. Any dimensions are intended as an approximate guide only and their accuracy is not guaranteed. Some of the photographs are from archive material so the present appearance of the interior and exterior of the building may be different in certain respects.

2. A Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) will be payable in respect of the conversion. This was assessed as £124.11 per square metre in December 2018. Purchasers who will be owner-occupiers should be exempt as this is classed as "Self-build" even if the work is contracted out. Please see the Local Authority's website for details and conditions for claiming the exemption.

3. Further bat monitoring (summer emergence surveys; hibernation static recorder surveys, analysis and reporting) will be required for two years. Prospective purchasers are requested to contact the Vendor's Ecology specialists:-

Hillier Ecology Ltd,

127 Fletton Avenue, Peterborough, PE2 8BX


Office: 01733-894-979; Mobile: 07730-758-439.

for advice on costs and the mitigation works that have been identified as a result of previous monitoring.

The Agents for themselves and for the owner of this property hereby give notice that: (1) These particulars do not in any way constitute an offer or a contract; (2) Any intending purchasers/tenants must not rely on the statements made in these particulars as representations of fact, but must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise as to their correctness as they are made without acceptance of any responsibility on the part of the Agents or the owner; (3) No representation whatever in relation to this property is made or given by the Agents or the owner, nor has any person in their employment any authority to make or give any such representation or warranty.