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For-Sale Morgue Might Make a Lovely English "Beach Chalet"

Cue the "beach house to die for" puns: following yesterday's news that Starbucks plans to expand its world domination by opening a branch inside a South Carolina funeral home, here's a morgue for sale in the charming English beach town Saltburn-by-the-Sea. According to The Guardian, the mortuary has a "gloomy interior with two small skylights and the possibly morbid atmosphere," and was in service from 1881 until the mid-1960s. The borough council hopes to sell off this and other structures (including a cafe and former Methodist chapel) in hopes of revitalizing the area: "We are seeking people who can reinvigorate these buildings and put them to good use," says a rep.

One local says he doesn't think he would "fancy it to be honest. I suppose it's not getting used, but I would just leave it as is. I think it's weird." Another has a more practical opinion: "The thing is with the morgue is that it's got a very difficult aspect in terms of its frontage. It borders straight onto a busy road and on a dangerous bend."

Oh, and another thing: the morgue still contains the original mortician's slab. Price is upon request.

Photo via Saltburn by the Sea

· Seaside morgue for sale - ideal as beach chalet? [The Guardian via Boing Boing]