Disused Grade II-listed Medieval church in Leicester goes on the market for £150k

A 12th Century Leicester church has been put on the market for £150,000.

The Diocese of Leicester is looking sell the disused St Peter’s church in Belgrave village.

The medieval Grade II building has not been used for worship since 2010 when a decision was taken to close it based on its dwindling congregation.

Since then it has slowly been falling into disrepair and has been subjected to sporadic vandalism and break-ins.

The building is on Historic England’s ‘at risk’ register because of its deteriorating state and people who live near the church, next to the River Soar say they would like to see it brought back to some kind of sympathetic use.

Councillor Ross Willmott is chairman of the Belgrave Hall Conservation Area Society.

He said: “It has been on the market before but it didn’t sell because it is not an easy property to do anything with.

“It is an attractive building but its listed status and its age have put people off.

“It is too small to be be converted into flats.

“There was some interest from businesses – talk of it being converted into a recording studio – but nothing came of it.”

Coun Willmott added: “One of the things it does have going for it its location.

“It is near the National Space Centre and the Abbey Pumping Station.

“It would lend itself to use as a history or heritage centre but the problem is the cost.

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“The price suggested is not so large but the cost of renovating it would be great.

“It would require an organisation able to put considerable capital into it.”

Estate agents handling the sale are asking for £150,000 for a freehold sale but may agree a rent.

They have outlined some form of community use as acceptable.

They said it could also become offices, a creche or nursery, a gallery, a surgery or even another place of worship.