A  historic Darlington church that dates back to 1849 has hit the sales market for £200,000 after closing down earlier this year. 

St Johns The Evangelist Church, on Neasham Road in the town, was built in 1849 and is a Grade II listed building, which closed to the congregation in February of this year. 

Many churches across the country are facing closure partly due to a decline in church membership, but St Johns has gone a step further by now being on the open sales market. 

The Northern Echo: The outside of St Johns in DarlingtonThe outside of St Johns in Darlington (Image: ST JOHNS)

Up for sale as a commercial property with Browns Estate agents, who market properties in Darlington, Teesside and some parts of County Durham, the church commands a £200,000 sale fee.

At the time of the church's closure in early 2023, the decision from the church council was met with sadness. 

At the time, Darlington MP, Peter Gibson said it was “incredibly sad” news and he looks “forward to closely following the future plans of this important valuable building.”

He said: “It is incredibly sad when our community facilities don’t get the support they need to survive and thrive.

The Northern Echo: Neasham Road with St Johns in the backgroundNeasham Road with St Johns in the background (Image: STUART BOULTON)

“All our community assets be they churches, community centres, clubs, or charities need the support of people in our community all year round.

“I hope the closure of St John’s might be a trigger for more people In Darlington to think what can they get involved in and support to contribute to the life of our community.

“I look forward to closely following the future plans for this important valuable building and I wish all of the congregation well in seeking new places to worship.”

On the sale listing for St Johns, the proximity to the Darlington railway station development, which will conclude in 2025, is mentioned, with the transport benefits also noted.

The listing then goes on to say that there are no burials or graves on the site. 

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It's understood that the property is to be sold subject to the Church Commissioners covenants which will be discussed with the purchaser but will include control over future use and alterations.

These are to ensure the property is used for authorised purposes only, which include planning permitted uses including schools, museums, art galleries, libraries, halls, places of worship, church halls, non-residential education, and training centres.

The property may also be suitable for alternative uses or redevelopment, which will be subject to planning and listed building consent.