LONDON Kingdom Hall for sale - well, kinda!

by darkspilver 15 Replies latest jw friends

  • darkspilver

    The sell-off of Kingdom Hall's in the UK is continuing unabated as we are about to enter 2017....

    In addition to the THIRTY-FIVE Kingdom Halls highlighted by The Search a couple of months back.....

    It seems the cry has gone out to: "sell them faster! faster! faster!"....

    NOW, they're not even waiting to convert into a Kingdom Hall before they're being sold!

    Yeap, you heard right!!!

    The site: Unit 2, 191 to 199 Southampton Way, Camberwell, London SE5 7EJ - Google Streetview

    Apparently "this prominent, modern building is now surplus to the requirements of the Jehovah Witnesses, who had intended to operate a Kingdom Hall from the premises."

    Local Council's permission for change of use into KH:

    Sale particulars website:

    Sale brochure PDF:

    According to, the two closest current KH's to the above site are

    • 197a Coldharbour Lane, Camberwell, London SE5 9PA - A single auditorium used by four congregations, hidden away and sandwiched between two residential houses Google Streetview

    • 1A Scylla Road, Peckham, London SE15 3NY - A two storey double auditorium used by seven congregations, hidden around the corner from the main street (though has been recently re-built) - Google Streetview

    It seems - from the Local Council change of use that the Bermondsey congregation was being used as the 'lead' congregation - they currently meet at the multi-auditorium KH at: 200 New Cross Road, New Cross Gate, London SE14 5PG - Google Streetview

    Oh, and by the way, is seem that that realtor - Acorn Commerical - has been selling a few KH's.....

    Kingdom Hall, Fraser Road, Erith, Kent DA8 1QJ

    Kingdom Hall, 11 Davids Road, Forest Hill, London SE23 3EP

    Kingdom Hall, 20 Watson's Street, Deptford, Lonson SE8 4AU

    Kingdom Hall, Cedar Terrace Road, Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 3UD

  • jookbeard

    good grief how many more congs can me squeezed into the existing KH's it tells me that meeting attendances are dwindling which is strange because for decades the congs in South East London have boomed and there was enormous growth, clearly not the case anymore, I see some of those congs disbanding , the Pekham KH surely cant take any more they have seven already which is lunacy, real estate prices in these areas are obscene, the WTS obviously realise it, the sales of KH's in Forest Hill and Deptord surprises me, not so much Erith and Sevenoaks

  • JWdaughter

    Does anyone know what the alternate arrangements are for Camberwell? Just realized they had enough? Property price dictated?

  • Slidin Fast
    Slidin Fast
    ...what the alternate arrangements are for Camberwell? ...this prominent, modern building is now surplus to the requirements of the Jehovah Witnesses, who had intended to operate a Kingdom Hall from the premises."

    It looks like this was the alternative arrangement. Change of use registered in 2014 now on the market for £1.25m before even a publisher set foot in it. I wonder how much they paid for it. Does anyone know how to find out?

    They probably made a tidy sum on the spin.

    How the chariot moves, who the hell is driving it?

    Have they got a licence?

  • freddo

    "Have they got a licence?"

    Yep. A licence to print money ...

  • Crazyguy

    More proof they have less members then they have stated in the past.

  • Dreamerdude

    The GB must have given up on any further growth in London. Once these expensive properties are sold, it will be impossible to buy land for new ones in the future. The same goes for Los Angeles. I suppose those who want to waste time in KHs will have to move to Ecuador or Africa.

  • shepherdless
    it tells me that meeting attendances are dwindling...

    I think it is far more likely that Watchtower is reacting to cashflow issues.

  • smiddy

    jookbeard : Pekham KH has 7 congregations sharing that one KH ? Thats unbelievable surely .The Council and the neighbours put up with that situation ?

    There seems to be KH `s for sale everywhere and very few Kh`s being built anywhere now , is this a worldwide trend ?

  • alanv
    I was going to say we can check the 2016 service report when it is published to see if there are less congregations now in UK. But of course it is the Kingdom Halls that are closing not the actual number of congregations

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