SCOTS KING TO VIC­TO­RIAN BLING

Solihull News - - PROPERTY TALK -

Robert the Bruce is a hero to many Scots for de­feat­ing the English at the Ban­nock­burn in 1314. And, un­sur­pris­ingly, many peo­ple claim they are de­scen­dants of the war­rior king; es­ti­mates put the num­ber of peo­ple in the Bruce blood­line at 200 mil­lion, although just 496 of them are mem­bers of a Face­book group for those who can prove lin­eage.

Sev­eral fa­mous peo­ple have been linked to him in­clud­ing US se­na­tor John McCain dur­ing his bid to be­come pres­i­dent of the United States in 2000, when a book he wrote claimed he was de­scended via his mother – a lin­eage re­jected by Scot­tish aca­demics.

A more solid and di­rect an­ces­tor of Robert the Bruce is the 19th cen­tury busi­ness­man John Bruce, who com­mis­sioned a huge man­sion to be built for him­self in the Home Coun­ties. South Park was com­pleted in 1885 and later be­came a school for girls but by the early noughties, had fallen into dis­re­pair. The prop­erty was re­cently bought by New­court Res­i­den­tial and has now been lav­ishly re­stored and con­verted into apart­ments dec­o­rated by Alexan­der James In­te­rior De­sign. Built in the Do­mes­tic Re­vival and Queen Anne style, half- tim­bered with or­na­men­tal red brick fac­ings and carv­ings, the house in­cludes oak join­ery, or­nate plas­tered ceil­ings and stained- glass win­dows.

Prices start at £ 550,000 for a two- bed­room apart­ment. Visit new­court. co. uk

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