A HISTORIC former church hall where German POW's attended gospel is to be sold at auction.

Forest Hall in Dodds Bottom, Nutley, is up for sale with a freehold guide price of £200,000-plus.

The Argus: Forest Hall in Dodds Bottom, Nutley, is up for sale with a freehold guide price of £200,000-plus Forest Hall in Dodds Bottom, Nutley, is up for sale with a freehold guide price of £200,000-plus

Auction appraiser Chris Milne said: “Our successful bidder will acquire a wonderful slice of village history. This hall was used for worship for more than 100 years and is now set to have a new lease of life.

“We understand the hall was first used in 1897 after a group of believers had broken away from worship at the Mission Hall on the other side of Nutley and bought the land where it stands for 10 shillings (50 pence) in 1893.

“After the second world war, German Prisoners of War (situated at Chapel Wood close to Nutley) attended gospel meetings conducted by Mr Ransom Cooper of Eastbourne, who spoke fluent German. At one of the Christmas meetings in 1946 they sang carols in their native tongue.”

The former church hall is up for sale on May 5 through Clive Emson Land and Property Auctioneers.

The detached single-storey building is situated five miles from Uckfield, off the A22.

The property is of brick construction with oil-fired heating and uPVC double glazed windows, and comprises a main hall, kitchens and toilets.

The property is among 111 lots up for sale.

A mixed use residential and commercial investment property in Claremont, Hastings, is also up for sale with a £420,000-plus freehold guide price.

The Argus: Residential and commercial investment property in Claremont, Hastings Residential and commercial investment property in Claremont, Hastings

It comprises a ground floor retail unit with three self-contained flats on the four storeys above.

Auction Appraiser Chris Milne said: “This mixed commercial and residential investment is close to local and national retailers, the railway station, amenities and the seafront.

“Currently let at £25,980 per annum, we consider this property ideal for continued investment, and it would make an excellent addition to any mixed use portfolio.”

The ground floor retail unit, plus lower ground floor cellar area, is let on a licence at a current rental of £520 per calendar month (pcm).

The first floor and second floor one-bedroom flats are let at £495 and £500 pcm, with the two-bedroom flat on the third and fourth storeys generating £650 pcm.

Meanwhile, two properties near Bognor town centre are also up for auction.

Held on a single freehold title, 61 Ockley Road and 1D Linden Road generate an income of more than £26,100 per annum.

The Argus: 61 Ockley Road, Bognor 61 Ockley Road, Bognor

The lot is offered with a freehold guide price of £300,000 to £325,000.

It comprises a terraced four-bedroom house and one-bedroom cottage both arranged over two floors.

Senior auction appraiser and auctioneer Richard Payne said: “We consider these two properties to be ideal for continued investment.

“Both are let on assured shorthold tenancies with one-bedroom 1D Linden Road bringing in £625 per calendar month and four-bedroom 61 Ockley Road £1,550 pcm.

“They are situated within close proximity of Bognor Regis town centre with its comprehensive shopping facilities and amenities including mainline railway station and seafront. There are excellent road links to all surrounding areas via the A29/A259.”

Whiteland Wood at Sedlescombe near Battle is being offered jointly with Ted Handley & Co with a freehold guide price of £20,000 to £25,000.

The land, extending to approximately 2.32 hectares (5.74 acres) and predominantly woodland, can be accessed from a footpath from Sedlescombe and also from Vicarage Lane, Westfield.

The Argus: Whiteland WoodWhiteland Wood

Clive Emson Auctioneers holds auctions eight times a year offering specialist advice for auction purposes with offices in Essex, Kent, Sussex, Hampshire and the West Country, selling with skill, speed and efficiency.

The current auction, the third of eight this year, ends on Thursday 5 May. See the Clive Emson website for more details.