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Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - BUCKS PROPERTY -

ANY Ger­rards Crossers will be fa­mil­iar with the pop­u­lar roads on the pe­riph­ery of Dukes Wood ded­i­cated to St Hu­bert but fewer will know of the man­sion with the same name, which has been hid­den away in 50 acres of prime Ger­rards Cross land close by.

Ac­cord­ing to lo­cal es­tate agent Trevor Kent, who opened his agency in 1971 and whose fam­ily con­nec­tions in the area date back to the 1850s, the ear­li­est record of a home on this site was in 1746 when it was known as Langley House.

The only rem­nant of this orig­i­nal prop­erty is be­lieved to be a fire­place in­cor­po­rated in the re-build of 1847. The new house was de­signed by Ed­ward Buck­ton Lamb on be­half of the lo­cally fa­mous and very rich Misses Reid. So wealthy were they, and so fond of early Ger­rards Cross that, when their brother Gen­eral Reid died, they didn’t just buy a me­mo­rial stone for him – they built a church!

Ded­i­cated to St James, it be­came the parish church of Ger­rards Cross, the Misses Reids’ pow­ers of per­sua­sion hav­ing also ob­tained the build­ing site for free from none other than the Duke of Som­er­set of Bul­strode.

St Hu­berts’ next owner was the re­tired Lord Mayor of Liver­pool and MP for both Malden and Lin­coln, John Bram­ley Moore. Even then the Misses Reid hadn’t given up – was it a co­in­ci­dence that John’s son Wil­liam be­came the first vicar of St James? He must have liked the healthy air of Ger­rards Cross as the good vicar fa­thered some 16 chil­dren!

Bram­ley Moore sold to Colonel the Honourable Wil­liam Le Poer Trench whose wife be­came one of the wealth­i­est women in the coun­try when she in­her­ited a for­tune of £13 mil­lion af­ter her fa­ther died in 1861. She and her hus­band spent most of it lav­ishly en­ter­tain­ing the Prince of Wales and his en­tourage (and ladies!) at St Hu­berts, and it is said that the fu­ture King Ed­ward VII vir­tu­ally bankrupted them.

Af­ter a brief time as a girls’ school dur­ing the Sec­ond World War, af­ter which it was rented as a diplo­matic mis­sion, it be­came a pri­vate house once again. Its con­nec­tions with roy­alty and the sport­ing life can still be seen to­day in the form of a splen­did, life-sized bronze stag by Land­seer, a gift to the colonel from the Prince of Wales, stand­ing proudly over the front porch.

St Hu­berts Lane and St Hu­berts Close are both named af­ter the his­toric lo­cal land­mark and homes that go up for sale in these roads are al­ways sought af­ter.

Cur­rently on the mar­ket with Trevor Kent in St Hu­berts Close is an ex­tremely hand­some de­tached four dou­ble bed­room fam­ily home pre­sented im­mac­u­lately through­out with lovely ma­ture gar­dens to ei­ther side mea­sur­ing slightly un­der a quar­ter of an acre.

St Hu­berts Close is within a 20-minute level walk of Ger­rards Cross vil­lage and The Ger­rards Cross C of E School in More­land Drive.

The ground floor has a charm­ing triple-as­pect lounge with an at­trac­tive brick fire­place and beamed ceil­ing, fam­ily room/TV room with pa­tio doors to the well-man­i­cured gar­den and pa­tio, study, a well-pre­sented kitchen/break­fast room with cen­tral is­land and a din­ing room with pa­tio doors lead­ing onto the gar­dens.There is also a util­ity and cloak­room with WC to the ground floor.

The prop­erty could be re­con­fig­ured up­stairs to cre­ate a five bed­room home.The master bed­room cur­rently has a dress­ing room and en-suite.There are three fur­ther dou­ble bed­rooms and a bath­room.

The guide price is £1,100,000. For more in­for­ma­tion please con­tact Trevor Kent on 01753 885522.

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