Auction sell-off for resort’s synagogue

Blackpool United Hebrew Synagogue

Blackpool United Hebrew Synagogue

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ONE of Blackpool’s most striking Grade II listed buildings is going under the hammer this month.

The Blackpool United Hebrew Synagogue on Leamington Road, is set to be sold off at auction in Manchester with a bottom guide price of just £75,000.

And the stunning building, built in Byzantine architectural style, is sure to attract a lot of interest according to Elaine Smith, president of Blackpool Civic Society.

She told The Gazette: “This is an absolutely stunning building and the stained glass is some of the most fantastic I have ever seen.

“The congregation kept it in the most beautiful condition but I know it is an expensive building to maintain.

“I am very sad to see it go up for sale, the Rabbi would always open it for heritage open days and it is very impressive.

“I am glad it is protected by English Heritage so at least it can’t simply be razed to the ground.

“I just hope somebody snaps it up so it can’t fall into disrepair or be targeted by vandals.”

The synagogue is believed to have been built between 1916 and 1926 and was later altered in 1955 and 1976

It was actively in use until 2010 when the last Rabbi, David Braunold, left for the nearby St Annes Hebrew Congregation.

Services were still held in the building until quite recently however.

The building has been awarded Grade II status by English Heritage which means any investor would be unable to make significant alterations without the agreement of the charity.

It boasts a small octagonal dome, checkerboard brickwork and stained glass throughout, with scenes from the Torah.

The auction will be held at Manchester United Football Club’s Old Trafford stadium at noon on April 19.

The company Pugh & Co property auctioneers were unable to comment on the sale.