Be the lord of your very own manor house
A PRIME property, near Halifax, is being sold with an aristocratic-sounding extra.
Brooklands Manor in Bank Hey Bottom Lane, Ripponden, comes with its own lordship.
The three-bedroom home may not be historic – it was built in 1982 – but the title can be traced back eight centuries.
Brooklands’ late owners bought the Lord of the Manor of Rishworth title at auction and it is now estimated to be worth at least £10,000.
Local historian David Glover says: “Our earliest mention of Rishworth is in 1275, when Henry de Risseworth was Lord of the manor of Rishworth.
“He was followed by Sir John Savile, who married Margery, one of his daughters, and ever since the Savile family have been Lords of the Manor.”
The late Lord George Halifax Lumley-Savile auctioned off his lordships in the late 20th century.
The distinction carries no official rights or obligations today and does not replace the title of Mr, Mrs or Miss.
Mr Glover adds: “While the owner might choose to call himself Lord Rishworth, strictly speaking this is incorrect, as it is not a parliamentary title.
“So, the owner should style himself Lord of the manor of Rishworth.”
Brooklands Manor, which also has a helipad, now needs some modernisation and is for sale at £695,000.
It has hallways, two reception rooms, a conservatory, two cloakrooms, a dining kitchen, utility room, three bedrooms with two en-suites, a games room and house bathroom. Outside there is parking, private grounds, a paddock, hangar/ garage and helipad.
Stewart Charnock-Bates, of estate agency Charnock Bates, says: “The house offers the opportunity to purchase an architect-designed home with the potential to create a substantial 21st century detached property.
“The manor requires certain modernisation works and would lend itself to an extension to create a fabulous four-bedroomed home in what can only be regarded as one of the most splendid locations in the Ryburn Valley.”
He adds: “The title is a unique selling point and also a little bit of a novelty.”
For more details, contact Charnock Bates, tel: 01422 380100, www.charnock bates.co.uk
LORDLY SEAT: Brooklands Manor may be a modern home, but comes with an ancient title. Right, inside the property.