Chapel of Rest on eBay offers the chance to build your own Jerusalem

May 12, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

An historic chapel is being sold on eBay for £15,000 after it was dismantled into over 10,000 pieces.

The chapel of rest, which measures 6.5m tall by 4.6m wide and 6.6m long, has stood in the cemetery in Easterton, Wilts., since it was built in 1868.

However, the building fell into disrepair over the last decade and the parish council arranged for it to be disassembled last year.

It is now being auctioned on eBay for £15,000 in its component parts, which include pews, 8,000 bricks, lectern, floor tiles, 9 Bath stone archways and 2,000 roof tiles.

Builder Paul Saunders, 35, from Devizes, Wilts., who carried out the dismantling operation, said they are keeping an open mind as to potential buyers.

He said: ”From what I understand the building wasn’t used for its purpose and was in need of a lot of repair work. The time had come to take it down.

”The situation is very unusual because a lot of companies would have just demolished it but we took the view it was in good condition and that would be a waste.

”It’s like a flat pack building and any competent builder would be able to put it back together – it’s no more difficult than building a garage.

”The chapel is probably a bit small for a home but it could be a decorative summerhouse, a double garage or maybe sell to someone eccentric from America.”

Easterton Parish Council took the decision to dismantle their chapel of rest last year after it fell into disrepair and they were unable to pay for its upkeep.

Paul Saunders spent three weeks taking it apart and his work was completed at the end of April this year.

The building was placed on eBay on Monday and will now be auctioned for 30 days with a ‘buy it now’ price of £15,000.

The eBay listing reads: ”A unique opportunity to buy a complete dismantled Chapel of rest building (built in 1868).

”We have just completed dismantling this building under contract of a local parish council.

”All the materials that were removed have been done so with as much care as possible so as to allow the possibility of a full rebuild.

”I would say about 95 per cent of the materials are fine for re-use with only small amounts required.”

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