Church buys Rylands Hall

Rylands Hall, Stretford has been bought by Iglesia ni Cristo the worldwide Church of Christ, which plans to return the building to its original use as a church with spiritual study centre, residential accommodation and ancillary offices.

The organisation paid vendor the Leck Group £750,000 for the building in Edge Lane, Stretford. Since its conversion into 7,378 sq ft of offices in the late 1980s, it has been occupied by St Vincent's Housing Association. The housing association is now based in Brindley Road, Old Trafford.

Daniel Lee, of Regional Property Solutions, acted for the Leck Group. He said: "John Rylands took a leading role in the erection of this building for the Union Church for Congregationalists in 1867 so it is very appropriate to see it being returned to its intended purpose and as such the 'change of use' approval was quite straight forward."

Carlito Apostol, a minister of the church, said: "This building will be used as a place of worship for the members of the Church's local congregation of Manchester, District of Northern Europe. Members gladly share their faith to everyone and guests are welcome to attend bible study sessions and worship services."

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