A part of Coventry’s rich history dating back more than 120 years to a time when the city was the centre of Britain’s watchmaking industry, has gone up for sale.
The workshop of prominent watch case maker William Henry Christie will go under the hammer this month, offering one lucky bidder a rare investment opportunity in the heart of the city.
Christie was a well-known figure in Coventry after arriving at his workshop in Spon End in 1896 – where he remained in business for the next 13 years.
His profession as a respected watch and movement cap maker earned him a mention in Coventry Watchmakers’ Heritage Trail – a book dedicated to the city’s watchmaking industry, which was published by the Coventry Watch Museum.
And now his home and workshop will be feature at Loveitts next auction on May 23rd, alongside a wealth of properties and land across Coventry and Warwickshire.
Sally Smith, Director and Auctioneer at Loveitts, said the auction presented a unique opportunity for someone to own a small piece of Coventry’s impressive history.
“This is an incredible lot and we are very excited to see who will own this little piece of history in the heart of Coventry,” added Sally. “This iconic building sits in the city’s ancient suburb of Spon End – where the watchmaking industry thrived for many years.
“The property has so much character and even features a plaque to commemorate Christie’s contribution to the city. We are confident this building will hold great appeal to historians and investors in Coventry.”
The locally listed building comprises of three individual flats – all of which require some improvements – and comes with a guide price of between £170,000 - £200,000.
The property, which is approximately a mile from the city centre, features a studio flat on the ground floor which comes with a kitchen, shower room and a bedroom/lounge.
Also on the ground floor is a one-bedroom flat at the rear of the building, which includes a kitchen, bathroom and lounge. The building also features a four-bedroom flat on the first floor, along with a lounge, kitchen and bathroom.
The freehold building also includes a store room and garden at the back of the property and comes with vacant possession.
Sally added: “This property is a fantastic investment opportunity for the right buyer. I am confident that we will get some good bids for this as it combines so many appealing characteristics.”
The auction is being held at Canley’s Village Urban Resort Hotel in Dolomite Avenue – starting at 6.30pm.