Blackpool synagogue back up for auction

The synagogue in Leamington Road which is to be auctioned next month. It was up for sale last year and auctioned in 2012.
The synagogue in Leamington Road which is to be auctioned next month. It was up for sale last year and auctioned in 2012.

One of Blackpool’s forgotten architectural gems is set to be auctioned with a starting price of £125,000.

The grade II listed former synagogue in Leamington Road will go under the hammer on September 6.

The synagogue in Leamington Road which is to be auctioned next month.

The synagogue in Leamington Road which is to be auctioned next month.

Built in 1916, the Blackpool United Hebrew Synagogue was deconsecrated and closed in 2012.

Despite objections from the council due to the building’s architectural significance, planning consent was eventually granted on appeal last year to convert part of it into five two-bedroomed flats, with car parking.

Noted for its beautiful stained glass windows, it was bought by Thompson Property Investments in 2012 and has been offered for sale several times.

It will feature among over 90 lots in Pugh’s next North West property auction, which will be held at Manchester’s AJ Bell Stadium.

Paul Thompson, managing director of Pugh auction house, said: “This is a fascinating historic building in a well known commercial district of Blackpool and as such it has great potential for sympathetic redevelopment and a new chapter of its existence.”