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EDGERLEY Lane in Ger­rards Cross was once an un­likely an­cient ‘thor­ough­fare’ to Slough, but it was busy enough for the then owner of Bul­strode Man­sion, the Earl of Port­land, to have it straight­ened to meet Wind­sor Road in 1707, it for­merly hav­ing passed through his es­tate to link up with Bull Lane.

Later, in the mid-1930s, a splen­did thatched coun­try cot­tage was de­signed by A L Ab­bott and built by Y J Lovell for noted Nor­we­gian marine and fish­eries sci­en­tist Jo­han Hjort in the now peace­ful lane.

Kings Keep then passed to a very in­ter­est­ing owner in­deed: the rac­ing driver Dud­ley Fol­land of the Fol­land Air­craft Com­pany.

It’s just as well that Kings Keep stands so well back from Hedger­ley Lane and is still, to this day, sur­rounded by more than 1.5 acres of beau­ti­ful gar­dens, as Dud­ley Fol­land drove at Le Mans in both a Frazer Nash and more lat­terly in an As­ton Martin ‘Speed’ which was re­put­edly of­ten test-started at home!

Not con­tent with th­ese two com­pet­i­tive ve­hi­cles he is also be­lieved to be the first per­son to im­port a Fer­rari into the coun­try, which he race-tested at Good­wood. When not driv­ing fast he played rugby for Lon­don Welsh, had a trial for the Welsh Na­tional side, was even a Cam­bridge Soc­cer Blue, and no mean golfer to boot!

More re­cently Kings Keep was home to a leg­endary tele­vi­sion pro­ducer and the study there wit­nessed the cre­ation of some the best-known shows on Bri­tish TV, such as

and Who knows who will ben­e­fit next from the sport­ing and cre­ative juices that Kings Keep in Ger­rards Cross clearly en­gen­ders, but it can be bought now for £1,850,000 through Trevor Kent of Ger­rards Cross to­gether with its breath­tak­ing 1.5 acre gar­dens and ru­ral views.

Sadly, the un­mis­tak­able roar of the As­ton Martin is long gone – un­less, of course, the new pur­chaser …!

For more in­for­ma­tion, please con­tact Trevor Kent on 01753 885522 or mail@trevorkent.com.

IL­LUS­TRI­OUS PAST: Kings Keep in Ger­rards Cross, now for sale with Trevor Kent, has had some well-known own­ers over the years. It was built for a Nor­we­gian sci­en­tist, and then bought by rac­ing driver Dud­ley Fol­land.

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