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by Chris Tobin

The distinctive All Saints Anglican Church in Cave, built of stones carted out of the nearby Te Ngawai riverbed, is for sale.

Anglican diocesan spokeswoman Jo Bean said the parish decided to rationalise the number of churches it operated from four to three.

“The three they are retaining are St David’s, which is used by the Raincliff Youth Camp, St Alban’s, at Pleasant Point, and St Martin’s, at Albury.”

The church was deconsecrated in June. The Anglican diocese of Christchurch has sold five churches in the past three years.

Sale information said the local stone-clad building had been beautifully built and well maintained. Native timbers were a feature, as well as the bell tower, which offered great views from the top.

Agent for the sale Jeannette Pepping said there had been “quite a bit of interest” and about 30 people had viewed the building up until Wednesday last week.

“The majority are still doing their homework to turn it into a home.”

Two sets of coloured windows in the building have been offered back to the families who donated them. The church’s foundation stone was unveiled in November 1952.

Deadline for the sale is today.