The old Wardell Uniting Church will be auctioned by McGrath real estate on July 20. above right: how The Northern Star covered the story about the Wardell church closing on February 2, 2012.
The old Wardell Uniting Church will be auctioned by McGrath real estate on July 20. above right: how The Northern Star covered the story about the Wardell church closing on February 2, 2012. Contributed

108-year-old church going to auction this month at Wardell

A PIECE of Wardell's history will go under the hammer this month, with the auction of the old Uniting Church in Wilson St.

The 108-year-old building held its last church service on February 19 last year.

With only seven regular members of the congregation left, the church was no longer viable and the difficult decision was made to close it down.

A short history of the Wardell Uniting Church

But now this iconic property is being offered for sale for the first time, presenting an opportunity for someone to give the quaint church a new life.

Situated on a level 879sqm block of land, selling agent Glenn Mills from McGrath Real Estate at Ballina said the building had high-pitched ceilings, stained-glass windows and an outside toilet.

"This is an opportunity to own a rare slice of local history," he said.

"People love converting old churches and it is amazing what you can do, subject to council approval, of course.

"This building is in an ideal location just on the outskirts of town.

"The price is also very reasonable, given that it is a good-sized block of land."

In 1958 a kitchen extension was added to the building.

In March 2005, there was a celebration of the church's centenary.

The old church is close to the Wardell village centre, it is walking distance to the Richmond River and a 10-minute drive to nearby Patches Beach.

And with a price guide of $150,000 to $200,000, it's also something that could be quite affordable.

An open for inspection will be held on Saturday from 11am until 11.30am.

The property will be auctioned by McGrath Real Estate at 9am on July 20 at the Ballina Beach Resort.

For more information phone Glenn Mills on 0417 696 459.

CHURCH HISTORY

  • In August 1904 a public meeting was held about building a church, and Mr and Mrs Elder donated a quarter of an acre of land for the site.
  • Tender for the construction of the church was awarded to George Bale of Woodburn.
  • It was built at a cost of about $320.
  • The church was opened on January 16, 1905 as the Wardell Methodist Church.
  • G.B. Black from Maclean was the original preacher.

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