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4 bedroom house for sale
The Green, Norton, TS20
From Norton High Street drive to the duck pond and turn left into Darlington Lane. The White House is situated on the right hand side of The Green overlooking the duck pond.
With double front doors, period mosaic tiled flooring and side window with leaded and stained glass panes including the family crest. Wide door with splendid period leaded and stained glass window leading through to the hallway.
A superb reception area with dado rail and period lincrusta, picture rail with ceiling cornice with frieze below and matching ceiling. Archway through to the back hall with doorway to the kitchen and magnificent turning staircase to the first floor. Two radiators. Low doorway leading down to the wine cellar and with additional access to the side passage.
LIBRARY: 5.49m (18'0) x 4.83m (15'10)
A fine living room with heavily carved period fireplace surround and fireplace with brass canopy and fitted with a real flame gas fire. Glass fronted book shelving in Mahogany, fine panelled Mahogany doorway with carved architraves, Mahogany picture rail and cornice with moulded frieze between and fine moulded ceiling. Oak parquet flooring.
DINING ROOM: 6.78m (22'3) x 4.88m (16'0)
A fine reception room displaying a cabinet maker's art in Oak including a superb carved fireplace surround with cast iron fireplace, carved seat in the chimney breast alcove incorporating a wine cooler, corner cupboard and matching sideboard. Oak panelling to the dado height and superb panelled door. Picture rail with Oak cornice, Oak panelled ceiling. Myson space heater.
LIVING ROOM: 4.32m (14'2) x 5.31m (17'5)
With Victorian fireplace surround with cast iron fireplace and real flame gas fire and two radiators. Sash windows overlooking the garden.
FOURTH RECEPTION ROOM/BEDROOM: 4.67m (15'4) x 4.88m (16'0)
Reception room number four/fourth bedroom. A lovely bright and airy room with views over The Green, twin built-in cupboards and Victorian fireplace surround with cast iron fireplace. Radiator.
With cloak hanging rail and leading through to the separate w.c. Refurbished and refitted with slate flooring, hand basin, w.c. and radiator.
KITCHEN: 4.88m (16'0) x 4.09m (13'5)
A good sized family kitchen, refurbished and refitted with a range of floor and wall cupboard units incorporating drawers, worksurfaces with tiled splashbacks and one and a half bowl stainless steel sink unit. Built-in dishwasher, dual fuel range cooker with chimney extractor hood over, built-in dishwasher and built-in automatic washing machine. Radiator and tiled flooring.
With fine arch stained glass window with family crest ''for Kirk and King''. From the half landing the main staircase continues to the bedrooms and the second staircase leads up to the luxury bathroom and box room. an interesting room with radiator and arched recess.
The dado rail runs from the hallway up the staircase to the landing with period lincrusta below. There are three generous bedrooms off the landing.
MASTER BEDROOM: 6.81m (22'4) x 4.88m (16'0)
With sash windows overlooking The Green, built-in cupboard in the chimney breast alcove and fine Walnut veneered fireplace surround with ornate fireplace with brass canopy, tiled inset and hearth and real flame gas fire. Period wall mirror, dado rail, ceiling cornice with frieze between and moulded ceiling.
EN-SUITE SHOWER ROOM:
Attractively fitted with a walk-in shower, hand basin, w.c., tiled walls to three quarter height, tiled flooring and towel rail radiator. There is a fine period stained glass and leaded window to the landing.
BEDROOM 2: 5.13m (16'10) x 4.88m (16'0)
With fine views over The Green from twin sash windows, period wall mirror and Victorian cast iron fireplace with wooden surround, tiled inset and hearth. Wardrobe recess and two radiators. Ceiling cornice.
BEDROOM 3: 4.88m (16'0) x 4.37m (14'4)
At the rear of the house with sash windows, built-in cupboard, radiator and ceiling cornice.
BATHROOM: 5.28m (17'4) x 2.62m (8'7)
Most attractively fitted with a double ended roll top Victorian style bath with central mixer tap and hand shower, hand basin and w.c. Corner shower unit, radiator, part wall tiling and tiled flooring. Airing cupboard with twin central heating boilers with pressurised hot water system including a Mega Flow hot water cylinder.
To the side of the house is the coach passage, originally used for running the coach and horses through to the rear of the property and the stables. There is a double door to the front and the passage has been divided to provide pedestrian access. (23a and 24 The Green have a right of way through this passage). There is an attractive enclosed partly walled rear garden, lawned with flower borders. At the top of the garden is a paved patio area and further borders stocked with Rhododendrons. There is a courtyard area again paved and garden store.
In the late 18th Century a row of dilapidated farm labourers cottages reputedly stood on the site. These were pulled down and six new cottages built in around 1800 two of which, Nos. 25 and 26 The Green, remain. At the time Norton High Street had a number of grand Georgian houses but Norton was still a rural village surrounded by farms because of the nature of the soil and market gardening.
In the latter half of the 19th Century Teesside became an industrial power house based on the steel and heavy engineering industries, as a result the number of wealthy industrialists grew and the demand for suitable housing also increased.
In around 1880 four of the cottages were rebuilt into The White House that we see today.
The property was designed to impress and still impresses today. There is a fine facade with a parapet rendered and painted white hence the name. There are two magnificent reception rooms to the front of the property, retaining their high quality high status and imposing fireplaces and in the Dining Room to the side a matching carved seat with an integral wine cooler, side board and corner cupboard. The carving includes Scottish Thistle and English Rose motives which repeats throughout the decoration of the property including the heavy lincrusta in the hallway. In the Master Bedroom is a particularly fine fireplace with the surround inlaid in walnut with cast iron fireplace and brass canopy.
The fine patterned and moulded ceilings, the moulding in the Dining Room is in mahogany. Another feature of the property are the exceptional stained glass windows including two windows in the porchway, another in the light above the Kitchen door, a particularly fine arched window in the half landing and a further window on the main landing. The stained glass includes the Kirk-Lascelles family crest "For Kirk and King" motto.
The previous owners of The White House include the Kirk-Lascelles family, cousins to the Bowes-Lyons family and local artist Greta Percy (who died in l976) and was cousin to the Duke of Northumberland. Greta Percy was a prolific local artist with many scenes of Norton High Street and The Green. ICI acquired the property prior to the second world war. There is a wine cellar and the story is that during the war ICI strengthened the door and used this for storing the wages in case of bomb damage to their Billingham Offices. ICI sold the property in the 1990s and has since been restored to its former glory. It is rare to find a property with so many of its period features in such good condition.
By appointment through our Norton Office
4a High Street, , Norton TS20 1DN
Telephone: 01642 363345