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Now for sale: a spooky abandoned church that’s straight out of a horror movie

The eerie building has been derelict for almost 25 years

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Ellie Muir
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It’s officially Halloween season, and things just got spookier as an abandoned church in Manchester has hit the market. 

If you have a spare £25,000 knocking around (don’t we all) and fancy giving yourself a major fright, then maybe consider placing a bid on St Hilda’s Mission Church in Rochdale, Lancashire. The church, which has stood derelict for almost 25 years, has beautiful views of Hollingworth Lake and is said by Pugh Auctions to be suitable for development ‘subject to any necessary consents’.

The property is steeped in a load of history. It’s said to have been built by 250 Roman Catholics who had banded together in 1878 to build the church at a different site on Featherstall Road. The church was later bought by the Mission of St Hilda, which dismantled and rebuilt the church at Hollingworth Fold in 1931. It was later closed due to structural problems. In 1998 the church was closed for good and has stood derelict ever since. 

Interested in taking a look around? You can find out more about the (potentially haunted) church here.

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