A renovation bargain? Houses in old coal mining town go on sale for £5k each

Many of the properties in Horden are boarded up
Many of the properties in Horden have been boarded up after the closure of local mine (Image credit: Google)

A former mining area in north-east England has terraced houses going up for auction with a starting price of just £5,000.

Horden is a village on the coast of County Durham and has seen its population plunge since a nearby colliery (coal mine and its associated buildings) closed in 1987.

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