Published: 18:39, 27 February 2021
| Updated: 18:40, 27 February 2021
A building in the shadow of arguably Kent's most famous landmark is to be sold for the first time in almost 90 years.
The freehold of the four-storey property opposite Canterbury Cathedral at 12 Sun Street, has not been on the market since 1935.
But it's now up for grabs with a price tag of £1.25 million, and agents say there is already serious interest.
The ground floor commercial unit, known simply as Number 12, has been empty for almost five years having previously been the tourism office of Canterbury City Council and a cafe.
But Will Roalfe, a director at Christopher Hodgson estate agents, believes it has huge potential, if the appropriate planning permission is gained.
"It really is a unique opportunity in a highly-prized location," he said.
"Although not a listed building which gives it some flexibility internally, it is in a conservation area opposite a world heritage site so little, if any, alterations could be made to the outside."
"But it would make a wonderful restaurant on the ground and first floor where it would enjoy a fantastic outlook and significant footfall.
"With planning approval, there could also be scope to create residential accommodation on the upper floors."
According to the Historic Canterbury website, the building was Thomas Knell's drapers and haberdashers in 1838.
But in 1865 it was destroyed in a fire that started on High Street and also damaged part of the Chequer's Inn.
Then in 1889 it was occupied by the Kent and Canterbury Supply Association and in 1903 became Walker & Harris chemists for more than 20 years.
For more information about the property sale go to www.christopherhodgson.co.uk.