Historic Bolton property that was home to clairvoyants goes up for auction


Written by: Paul Thompson on 16th June 2021

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Historic Bolton property that was home to clairvoyants goes up for auction

Number 12 Churchgate, a centuries‐old property in Bolton’s town centre, has been put up for sale and will feature in next month's online auction, with a £32,000 guide price.

The two‐storey, grade‐II building adjoins the famous Olde Man and Scythe inn, the town’s oldest pub and the fourth oldest in the UK, dating back to 1251. Said to be haunted, the venue is infamous as the place where James 7th Earl of Derby spent his last night, before being beheaded at the market cross in October 1651 for his connection with the Bolton Massacre during the Civil War.

Number 12 Churchgate itself was a temperance bar known as Smokey Joe’s in the 19th century, becoming a coffee bar in the 1940s. In 2007 the 1,150 sq ft property was turned into a jewellery and gift shop and psychic centre, with a line in clairvoyancy, crystal ball and palm readings.

Pugh managing director Paul Thompson said: “This is a rare opportunity for an investor to buy a slice of Bolton history and to create a new incarnation for this fabulous old building that is something of a quirky landmark in the town.

“Unsurprisingly for a property of this age, a programme of restoration work is needed, as the first floor is unstable, but the property is in a great central location and, with some investment, could become a real asset to the community once again.”

Bidding on 12 Churchgate, and the other lots in the online auction, opens on 20 July and closes the following day. To view the full catalogue, click here. 



Written by: Paul Thompson on 16th June 2021

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Paul is a Chartered Surveyor and member of the National Association of Valuers and Auctioneers (NAVA). He is also one of the few auctioneers in the country with a position on the RICS Real Estate Auction Committee.

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