TICKER: Haunted? £60,000 house comes with 24,000 graves in back garden

The perfect Halloween home is to be sold at auction this week  – a disused cemetery lodge house with 24,000 graves in the garden.

St James Cemetery Lodge, in Bath, Somerset, sits on the gate of a graveyard and is “just yards away” from thousands of interments.

Potential buyers will not have to take out a large ‘morgue-age’ on the property though, as it is only expected to fetch between £60,000 and £80,000 at auction.

The Victorian Grade II listed two-bedroom house is being sold by Bath and North East Somerset Council to raise cash for local services.

It was first opened, along with the grave yard, in 1861, but was closed to new interments in 1937 when burials transferred to another site in the city.

Councillor David Bellotti (Lib-Dem, Lyncombe), Cabinet Member for Community Resources, said the property would be perfect for buyers looking for a “quiet location”.

He said: “We are very pleased to be putting this residential or development opportunity onto the open market for auction.

“The back garden couldn’t border in a more quiet location. With the proceeds of the sale, Bath & North East Somerset Council will be reinvesting them into our services for local people.”

The detached lodge house has two reception rooms, a kitchen, two bedrooms and a bathroom – with a separate store on the other side of the spooky archway.

Some gravestones are just yards away from the property – as the back garden borders the cemetery.

The lodge’s first resident was Bath’s Superintendent, who worked from 6am to 6pm for a mere £1.25-a-week in 1861.

Rev. William Jay Bolton, a vicar who introduced the use of stained glass in American churches and R.E Dickinson, former Mayor of Bath, are both buried in the cemetery.

The guide price for the auction, which is being held on November 1, is £60,000 – £80,000.

Bath and North East Somerset Council regularly puts vacant properties on its website for sale or rent.


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