16th/17th Century – Suffolk, England

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6 Angel Hill, Bury St, Edmunds, Suffolk

  • Guide Price £850,000 / $1,287,184
6 Angel Hill is a fabulous and significant Grade II* listed town house arranged over three floors, including the former Tourist Information Office on the ground floor. It is without doubt one of the most prominent town properties within Bury St Edmunds, beautifully positioned overlooking the historic Angel Hill and Abbey Gardens. It boasts a rich history of former occupants, including the highly publicised 18th century trial of flamboyant barrister Arundel Coke, whose envy for the house led him to being hanged for attempting to murder its then owner, Edward Crispe. This unique building, of predominantly timber framed construction with an elegant redbrick Flemish Bond facade beneath a hipped slate roof-line, retains a wealth of outstanding and high status features including a stunning 17th century Barley Twist staircase, veined and carved marble fireplaces, fine 16th and 17th century wall panelling, oak floorboards, large sash and stained glass windows and generous ceiling height throughout. This incredible property provides tremendous scope and potential for refurbishment and offers huge potential to be converted back to a large splendid town house, given its sublime town setting. It is understood that the building was the subject of repairs in 2009 / 2010 on behalf of the town trust; a list of the works carried out are available to view at Sheridans Whiting Street offices. Agents Note: The property is offered with no onward chain and is to be sold for residential use only.

The deceptive level of accommodation currently in brief comprises: traditional panelled entrance door opening to an entrance hall, with private door to a fabulous 17th century Barley Twist staircase leading to the first floor which retains a large stained glass window. The ground floor accommodation comprises Reception room 1 with panelled effect walls and matching shutters to the front elevation, carved marble fireplace with hearth and stripped floorboards. Reception room 2 has painted moulded walls, sealed fireplace with wooden surround and fitted built-in storage dressers with shelves, drawers and side cupboards. Reception room 3 has period pamment tiles, painted built-in storage unit with wooden top, drawer, shelf and storage cupboards below and door to the rear lobby leading out to the garden. The inner kitchenette leading through to the rear lobby has access down to the cellar space and garden room with a walk-in bay to the rear, side lights, twin French doors leading out to the garden and sealed fireplace with wooden surround and mantel, inset with decorative painted tiles. On the first floor is a splendid drawing room with potential to be an exceptional reception room with three large sash windows affording magnificent views across Angel Hill, the Abbey Gate and Cathedral Tower. This spacious room boasts a fine marble fireplace with carved frieze above, and a panelled door leads to a panelled ante room. There is an elegant dining room with fireplace and sash windows offering marvellous views, a panelled kitchen breakfast room, inner landing with former servants' staircase, box room and a bathroom with original wooden panelling and roll-top cast iron bath. Two staircases rise to the second floor and the four bedrooms (three of which afford the most spectacular views across Angel Hill and the fabulous Abbey Gardens beyond) and bathroom.
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14 Comments on 16th/17th Century – Suffolk, England

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11828 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Thanks to Fergus for sending this one in.

  2. Robt. W.Robt. W. says: 359 comments

    A wonderful and unspoiled house. And I like it much as it stands. I’d patch up a few things, rework some of the bathrooms (relocating the ground floor w/c to somewhere back by the present laundry and garden store), do a bit of painting and tidying up, and not much else anymore than necessary — just get it looking a little more spruce then fill it sparingly with late 17C and 18C furniture.

  3. Christine Schulze says: 26 comments

    I wouldn’t change a thing! Well, unless it were necessary for stability or something. She just needs to be put back the way she was meant to be. There’s a dozen stories in every inch of her and I wouldn’t want to mute even one. Funny, I have been into Dickens lately so I’m visualizing Pip or Sydney Carton staying here lol. It would be wonderful to lounge about in that paneled room, look out the window and ponder what others may have seen from the same window.

  4. Martin H says: 8 comments

    I knew this one was sent in by Fergus, haha. That’s one fine interior, but I think 1.2M is too much for the amount of work that has to be done.

  5. John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

    Folks living on the other side of the Pond have a different set of old house values than those stateside. One of the stories often told about San Francisco’s iconic Victorian townhouses was that until the 1960’s the city by the Bay was no different that most other U.S. cities regarding their old housing stock. Only when Victorian house values started to climb rapidly did efforts to preserve what remained curtailed the demolition phenomenon. For now the supply of affordable old houses across the U.S. exceeds the demand but as the inventory continues to shrink through attrition, hopefully values will go up in coming years. I’ve seen so much unnecessarily lost in my lifetime. I applaud the British for taking their architectural heritage seriously. Wish we did too.

    • says: 30 comments

      Agreed. I talk way too much to everyone I meet about how fantastic the UK preservation system is. Nothing like that could ever happen here in the US, because everyone thinks that the mere suggestion of telling someone they can’t do certain things with a parcel of land and its improvements is anti-American. Burning to the ground a piece of history sitting on land you happened to purchase: your American right. Having a system in place to ensure future generations will be able to see, touch, and appreciate tangible pieces of our national heritage: SOCIALISM!!! (insert spooky ghost noises)
      Also, BUY MORE THINGS! BUY THE LATEST THINGS! All old things are boring and useless! Tear them down and replace them! This is the American definition of progress. Just an entirely different mindset in the UK.

  6. Dr. O says: 36 comments

    For Scottish property, here’s a great website. http://www.buildingsatrisk.org.uk. This is the Register for Scotland of vacant, at-risk, and ruinous properties that have been deemed worthy of preservation. You can use the search engine to see which are for sale. The Church of England, Church of England in Wales, and Church of Scotland also list redundant churches and other surplus ecclesiastical properties for sale.

  7. Laurie W. says: 1746 comments

    I wish so too, John. I constantly see lovely countryside and old houses destroyed or modernized out of recognition here in the South. I can only think how sad people will be someday when they look back at what they let be lost. It is better across the pond but still a great many antique beauties die of age & neglect, many too large & expensive to restore or maintain.

    This house is just terrific. I’d change as little as possible, clean up & a little spit & polish for what’s there. Curious about the bed too. I’d love to be psychic enough to know some of the tales the place could tell. Keep ’em coming, Fergus!!

  8. says: 30 comments

    Does anyone else watch the BBC show Restoration Home? If not, you should. This beautiful, perfect house makes me think of that show.

  9. FergusFergus says: 238 comments
    1705 Queen Anne

    I think the real question with this home is how far you take its restoration? Whether you undo all the Victorian additions and go for something more in the Georgian taste to match the exterior or go back even further to replicate how it would have been even further back. While the Victorian features are nice, they seem almost alien in behind that “georgianised” façade. Personally, I really like them though and would definitely go for an early Victorian look without painting any of the currently unpainted woodwork. Currently studying conservation at University has opened my mind to the whole world of paint layer analysis, and this house would be an ideal candidate for it, this house could tell you so much about itself through the layers of paint that reside upon its interior.

    • FergusFergus says: 238 comments
      1705 Queen Anne

      Despite the perception some of you may have about us British and our historic building preservation, first-hand experience tells me that this house will be gutted almost as soon as it is sold and the majority of the internal period features that you are all coveting will be torn out and put in a skip, at least as far as the interior is concerned. While the listing system is very good at protecting the exterior, it is very easy to find loopholes in the system as far as the interior is concerned, some ranks of the listing system don’t cover the interior so the majority of our private historic homes have wonderfully preserved exteriors with interiors to make you run a mile in the other direction. It’s more a case of finding homes that haven’t changed hands much within the last 60 years or have only ever known poverty in that time period; we have a saying that “poverty is the best preserver” as far as historic homes are concerned.

  10. Dr. O says: 36 comments

    Oh, Fergus, you have hit the nail on the head. I have spent many hours looking at properties on http://www.mouseprice.com, dreaming of a second home in Britain. All those lovely terraced houses with Georgian & Victorian facades . . . you go inside, and there’s acres of plastic laminate flooring, god-awful “contempo” wall-paper, bargain-basement plumbing fixtures, dreadful lighting that ought to be in a static-caravan, hideous vinyl & particle board furniture. Every listing says something like “requires total updating” or words to that effect, if the remodelers somehow left anything old when they gutted it. Most of them look like they were decorated in the 1970s and are a time-capsule of bad taste. As to what happened to the original woodwork, fixtures, and furnishings??? I suppose it was all shipped to the USA in containers to be sold in antique malls.

  11. FergusFergus says: 238 comments
    1705 Queen Anne

    I’m shocked and saddened to report that this house has been flipped and is back on the market: http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-55284190.html
    Someone should be publicly flogged right there in front of that house for painting all that woodwork. 🙁

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