Shavington Youth Centre to be auctioned

A Victorian former schoolhouse in the Cheshire village of Shavington, near Crewe, has been put up for auction after standing vacant for over two years.

The building, which went on to become a youth centre and fell into a state of disrepair following its closure in 2020, will appear in an online property auction held next month by Pugh. The former youth centre has been given a guide price of £150,000.

Earlier this year, a campaign to enable a community group to rent and run the building as a youth club was unsuccessful, and now the substantial 19th century property is to be put up for auction.

The two-storey detached building extends to over 5,000 sq ft and is described as “in need of some refurbishment” by the auctioneer.

Edward Fether, an associate director at Pugh, said: “Finding a new owner for this much-loved property would be a really positive outcome for the village. Subject to a buyer gaining the necessary planning consents, this could be a great opportunity to regenerate the property and develop residential accommodation or find another imaginative new use for this historic schoolhouse.

“Shavington is a fantastic community and a popular place to live, well served with schools, shops and restaurants. It’s surrounded by green spaces and is also just a stone’s throw from Crewe, Nantwich and Stoke-on-Trent, making it a great location.”

Next month’s Pugh auction, which includes the former Shavington youth centre, has new lots added daily, and will be held on 15 August at www.pugh-auctions.com.