Converted faith school, almost bombed in World War Two, on sale for £550k

Benyon House, Church Lane, North Ockendon

Benyon House, Church Lane, North Ockendon - Credit: Cristian Samoila / Tertulia.be

A former Church of England school in North Ockendon which was threatened by bombing during World War Two has gone up for sale. 

Benyon House in Church Lane, now a three-bedroom semi-detached property, was once St Mary’s Church of England School built in 1842. 

The former St Marys Church of England School from the sky

The former St Marys Church of England School from the sky - Credit: Cristian Samoila / Tertulia.be

The school was very nearly destroyed in 1944 when a V2 bomb exploded outside St Mary Magdalene Church, causing all the school’s windows to shatter. 

Pupil numbers declined post-war and the school closed in 1980; it was eventually converted into residential properties. 

Tom Costin, local sales expert at Purple Bricks, said it still retained traces of its scholarly history. 

The parquet floors have been retained from the school's hall.

The parquet floors have been retained from the school's hall. - Credit: Cristian Samoila / Tertulia.be

He said: “As you walk in, the one thing that really stands out is the parquet flooring doesn’t look like your normal residential parquet flooring. 

“It's got the feel and colourings of a school hall – the kind you might have gone to when you were very young.” 

The kitchen of the £550,000 property.

The kitchen of the £550,000 property. - Credit: Cristian Samoila / Tertulia.be

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Tom said one prospective buyer – a school caretaker – had been put off by the £550,000 building’s past, but that most had been interested in its history. 

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