Eerie morgue with original embalming room sells for double the price

Fancy living in a morgue? Apparently, one person does, as they’ve just bought a former morgue and paid double the expected price for it.

The dilapidated former mortuary complete with original embalming room has sold for £137,000 – more than twice its guide price.

The property was put up for auction with an estimate of around £55,000 by John Pye Auctions.

Auctioneers warned buyers the property in Leek, Staffordshire, was in need of full refurbishment or demolition.

Despite its run down condition, the eerie property attracted wide interest, with some potential buyers wanting to turn it into ‘a spooky themed Airbnb’.

People do love an unusual holiday home, after all.

The old mortuary – which was last used to tend the dead 20 years ago – went under the hammer this week.

It sparked a bidding war until it sold for £137,000 – £82,000 more than expected.

The buyer, who has not been named, has not revealed what they plan to do with the building and half-an-acre of surrounding land.

Pictures show the building surrounded by overgrown shrubs and weeds while the rooms are piled high with rubbish.

Further photographs reveal crumbling walls, stained tiles and holes in the ceiling panels.

Auctioneer Helen Bingley said: ‘It’s going to make an amazing project for someone and has huge potential.

‘There is quite a market for historical buildings of this nature that people are interested in staying in overnight.

‘Other unusual buildings we have had for sale in the past include an observatory, water tower, a former army barracks and windmill, all have proved to be attention grabbers at auction.’

The mortuary is just one mile from Cheddleton Village and 10 miles from Stoke-on-Trent making it attractive to commuters.

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