Bath cemetery Victorian house to be sold at auction

St James Cemetery Lodge
Image caption St James Cemetery Lodge is expected to sell for over £60,000

A cemetery lodge house with gravestones "just yards away" is being sold to the highest bidder, by a Somerset council.

St James Cemetery in Bath opened in 1861 with the property originally being used by the council superintendent.

The cemetery closed to new interments in 1937 and now Bath and North East Somerset Council (BANES) wants to offload the disused Victorian house.

An auction guide price of £60,000 to £80,000 has been set for the Grade II-listed property.

Image caption There are an estimated 24,000 interments at St James cemetery

BANES describes the building as having "one of the most peaceful back garden settings in the country".

There are an estimated 24,000 interments at the cemetery.

Notable Bath residents buried there include Reverend William Jay Bolton, a vicar who introduced the use of stained glass in churches in America, and a former Mayor of Bath, R.E Dickinson.

Councillor David Bellotti, from BANES, said the proceeds of the sale would be reinvested into "services for local people".

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