His­tory buffs will love life here

Gloucestershire Echo - - OPEN HOUSE -


DAT­ING back al­most five cen­turies, Craw­ley Grange in North Craw­ley, Buck­ing­hamshire, has an im­pres­sive three his­tor­i­cal claims to fame.

It was built in 1526 for Car­di­nal Wolsey who at the time, when he held the po­si­tion of Lord Chan­cel­lor, was de­scribed as the most pow­er­ful man in Eng­land, with the ex­cep­tion of the king, Henry VIII. El­iz­a­beth I is also be­lieved to have stayed at the Grade II listed Tu­dor man­sion.

At the turn of the 20th cen­tury, a ball­room and ser­vants’ quar­ters were added, and in the 1940s it was used by Wrens sta­tioned at nearby Bletch­ley Park, then the top-se­cret home of the Sec­ond World War code­break­ers.

Three decades later, the man­sion was con­verted into four homes, and the fivebed­room east wing with 3.8 acres of pad­docks and sta­bles is now up for sale.

The prop­erty re­tains its orig­i­nal mul­lioned win­dows, par­quet floor­ing and Vic­to­rian tiling in the pantry. It also has three bath or shower rooms, three re­cep­tion rooms and a be­spoke kitchen/break­fast room. There is also a cin­ema room, laun­dry room, boot room and wine cel­lar.

The own­ers of the east wing have use of the com­mu­nal grounds, hard ten­nis court and heated out­door pool.

The east wing of Craw­ley Grange is for sale with agents Michael Gra­ham (michael­gra­ham.co.uk).

Craw­ley Grange, Bletch­ley

The east wing kitchen

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