Nunnery set to close in Brid

The Convent 22 High Street Bridlington up for sale.'NBFP PA1449-3b
The Convent 22 High Street Bridlington up for sale.'NBFP PA1449-3b

The sale of the largest Grade II star listed building in the Bridlington area will mean the end of an era.

The 10 bedroom property dating back to the 1700s in Old Town’s High Street has been home to nuns of the Sisters of Mercy order since the early 1960s but their numbers have been in steady decline. To keep it going for the last remaining two sisters out of an original group of seven is no longer viable and the order has put the convent up for sale.

Sister Barbara, a Trustee of the Sisters of Mercy at their Leeds base said they were not receiving sufficient new vocations. “It is a problem we have throughout the country. “We do not have enough sisters to go round our various properties. It is the end of an era for Bridlington and hope it will go to the right person who will have a loving care for it,” said Sister Barbara.

The two remaining Sisters, Sister Maureen and Sister Hillary, will move to another of the order’s convents.

The Sisters of Mercy was founded in Dublin in 1831 with the aim of caring for the poor and particularly young women and children to whom they tried to give sufficient skills to get out of the poverty trap. In Bridlington they had a pastoral role, visiting the sick and elderly, supporting people in their own homes.

Currently there are 231 Sisters ministering from 49 sites in Britain with convents still in Whitby and Filey.

With an asking price of £395,000 the building includes five reception rooms, kitchen and utility Room, 10 bedrooms, and is centrally heated over three floors and a large garden.

The sale is being handled by Harrison Bell Associates who desribed it as a “rare and interesting building with a wealth of history.”

It is currently for sale subject to contract and it is understood the potential buyer is not from the Bridlington area with the building being used as a private house in mind.