BBC Antiques Roadshow expert bags new home for £60,000

Wayne Colquhoun, 60, at Chapel Salem in Corris in Wales
Wayne previously had an antiques shop in Liverpool -Credit:Debbie Luxon/Cambrian News SWNS

An Antiques Roadshow expert has got his hands on a new home and workshop after bagging a former chapel for £60,000.

Wayne Colquhoun, 60, bought Capel Salem in Corris in Wales, which still had a pulpit with a Bible in. He said he "fell in love" with the 1868 romantic slate structure which had fallen into disrepair.

The Grade II listed chapel upkeep became too expensive for the diminishing congregation and was on the market in 2017. Wayne has since transformed its upper gallery into a three-bed apartment.

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Wayne is now calling on others to "save these historic structures". He said: "When I bought it it was as though the congregation had walked out and closed the door.

“When people close the doors on old buildings that’s the danger point. It gets damp and dry rot sets in.

The chapel still had a pulpit with a Bible in
The chapel still had a pulpit with a Bible in -Credit:Debbie Luxon/Cambrian News SWNS

“These historic structures are evocative of Welsh history and have to be saved. We need people who will put their heart and soul into them because it’s easy to butcher conversions.”

He aims to maintain the lower space and Canadian pitch pine panelling for use as his Antiques and Fine Art shop, moved from Liverpool, plus a pottery and sculpture workshop. Wayne wants to keep as many original features of the property as possible, from its single-glazed arched windows to reusing the pews as kitchen work surfaces.

Wayne is in the process of transforming the lower level into his antiques and fine art shop. He hopes to hold talks and workshops in the space, aiming to build up to employing locals and "giving back" to the community.

Nearby, three chapels closest to Capel Salem have closed permanently to worship. Just 500 feet away sits Holy Trinity Church which closed its doors in 2020 not through lack of attendance, but through disrepair.

In an attempt to preserve the character of the increasing chapel conversions, historic environment service Cadw has issued guidelines including keeping the front of the chapels untouched, retaining rooms with self-supporting partitions and allowing "characteristic features to show through the new walls and floors".

Wayne has transformed the upper gallery into a three-bedroom apartment
Wayne has transformed the upper gallery into a three-bedroom apartment -Credit:Debbie Luxon/Cambrian News SWNS

After leaving school Wayne went on to become a specialist in the restoration of historic and listed buildings. Wayne has run an art gallery for over two decades and is an independent consultant whose many clients include national museums.

Though Wayne specialises in Art Deco, Art Nouveau and the Applied Arts he loves many other periods and has a general knowledge with over 30 years experience. He has built up several collections of sculptures and bronzes selling his first to fund a Grand Tour around Europe studying architecture.

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