A Victorian church where Sherlock Homes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle tried to contact the dead has gone up for sale. The Cedars Spiritualist Church in Ipswich, Suffolk…once a hotbed of British spiritualism…is on the market for between £500,000 and £700,000.
In the 1920s the acoustically sublime church hosted packed meetings where psychics (mostly charlatans) would try to contact non-corporeal people, or if you prefer, the spirits of people who had passed on to pastures new. Doyle, a famous spiritualist, found solace in the practice after losing his wife Louise in 1906 and his son Kingsley just before the end of the First World War. Ipswich Psychic Society hosted popular garden parties and talks that attracted as many as 1,000 people. If you liked your mediums ‘rare’ the Cedars Spiritualist Church was the place to go!
The Cedars will be going under the hammer at Goldings Auctions at Wherstead Park next month, but what the auction catalogue omits to mention is, the church has three sitting tenants, and one is the ghost of master criminal Professor James Moriarty that promises to scare the shit out of anyone foolish enough to move in! Do remember, a house is not always a Holmes!