Historic 18th century church in Moray to go under the hammer as family home

Mary Kirk near Alves.
Mary Kirk near Alves.

A historic Moray church that has been abandoned for more than 70 years is to go under the hammer at auction.

Mary Kirk, previously known as the Old North Church, near Alves dates back to 1769 but stopped being used for worship in the 1930s.

The grounds have not been used since apart from a brief period in 1941 when it housed members of the RAF as they awaited completion of quarters at the Kinloss base.

Mary Kirk near Alves.

Now the B-listed building is to go under the hammer at auction with a guide price of £70,000 as a possible family home.

Rod Christie, from Elgin-based sellers Galbraith, said: “Although the planning consent has now lapsed, it is likely that the local authority will be minded to once again approve conversion to a private home, as has been the case in other deconsecrated churches in the region.”

Services continue in Alves at the South Church, which contains the bell from the former Mary Kirk. The building will be sold at auction on Thursday, June 27.