Did someone order a pew? Saint John climbing health club holds unusual sale


Church pews are not for sale every day.

But the new owners of the Church of St. John the Baptist in St. John sell off the benches to make room for their new climbing facility.

David Alston, co-owner of Climb 1884, said, “Many of the … former parishioners want a piece of history because they went to church.”

The pews have sentimental value to some parishioners and they would like to take them home because the church is 137 years old.

David Alston is co-owner of Climb 1884 and is converting the Church of St. John the Baptist in Saint John into a climbing hall (Mrinali Anchan / CBC)

“Maybe they sat there in the same pew for 30 years just to come in … maybe buy that bench and say, ‘This is part of our story, we sat” [in them] once a week ‘… is neat, “said Alston.

Someone left a few scribbles on one of the benches. (Mrinali Anchan / CBC)

Price of a bank

A bank isn’t exactly a standard purchase. Alston sells them between $ 120 and $ 200, depending on their size.

Alston said the price could depend on the market and the condition of the banks. He’s seen some cost up to $ 500 in places in Toronto where they’re harder to find and where demand is much higher.

Any benches that are not sold will be used to renovate the room.

“We have some ideas on how we can use the beautiful wood,” said Alston, who might be able to use it as part of a possible coffee shop or maybe in the changing rooms. “They are made of ash and cherry, so some of the wood can be reused.

“These are pews, so they are [not meant] Sitting for too long, but they are beautiful from that perspective. “

Listen: David Alston speaks to CBC’s Khalil Akhtar about selling the benches

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Chad Sooley, vice president of Saint John Trojans Rugby Club, stopped by to pick up some pre-booked benches.

“We’re just about to start building a community building … It’s being held for club events,” Sooley said.

“These have been around for 100 years. They still work, so we think it’s something we can incorporate into our community center and it will add value.”

Half of the sales proceeds will go to the non-profit Ascent New Brunswick, which builds outdoor climbing routes.

Sales ended Saturday afternoon, but Alston said public interest could lead them to make more benches available.