AN ABANDONED church is up for sale in Herefordshire with an asking price of less than £50,000.

The Grade II* listed St Silas church in Bollingham, near Kington, is on the market with estate agents Sunderlands for offers over £45,000.

Constructed of local sandstone rubble with ashlar dressings, the church features decorative stained glass east and west windows to the structure whilst the sides of the building have plain windows.

Sunderlands said they understand the building has origins potentially from the 12th or 13th century but that it was largely rebuilt between 1865 and 1867 along with the addition of the south porch and bellcote.

The low pitched roof of the fenced-off church currently has a tarpaulin over it but it is understood that underneath are sandstone slates.

Internally, the building has fair-faced/plastered walls, some decorative tiled elements to the floors together with flagstones.

The 0.4 acre churchyard is also available and included within the sale.

St Silas is around 2.5 miles south of Kington, and occupies a rural location on the western side of the A4111 (Hereford/Kington Road).

The agents said the property is available for continued church use under use class F1 and other F1 uses may also be feasible, or perhaps alternative commercial uses subject to obtaining satisfactory planning consent.