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 email@example.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.