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8 bedroom town house for sale

Old Harwich Seafront

Removed £650,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Grade II* Listed house dating back to 1820
  • 5,200 sq ft over five floors
  • Two impressive 40 ft high staircases
  • Magnificent sea views
  • Courtyard garden
  • Gas fired central heating
  • Significant local landmark property
  • Suitable for two families to occupy

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

The property is reputedly the tallest house in Harwich, built in 1820 by Thomas Bridge, and enjoys commanding views out to sea with panoramic ever changing views across Harwich Harbour. The house was probably built to accommodate two families and currently offers flexible accommodation over four floors with a fifth basement level and four barrel- vaulted coal cellars found under the road. Many of the rooms enjoy commanding views over the North Sea.

The property has a rich maritime heritage built in 1820 by Thomas Bridge, a Harwich Packet Boat captain and Napoleonic War spy. There are many plaques dedicated to Bridge family members in nearby St Nicholas Church. The most illustrious owner was Thomas' grandson, Admiral Sir Cyprian Bridge GCB who was eminent in the Victorian Navy and a founder of the Navy Records Society.

Being Grade II* Listed and described as very complete and unaltered with an impressive front door and entrance, two cantilevered open well staircases, original fireplaces and surrounds, as well as extensive decorative plaster mouldings, contemporary skirtings and doors with reeded architraves, corner paterae and over-cornice. The house also has four original cellar rooms offering potential for further accommodation, whilst a peep hole leads through to the four barrel-vaulted coal cellars that are found under Kings Quay Street.

Ground floor
Four stone steps lead up to a varnished pine entrance door leading through to a vestibule with further door leading onto the main reception hall, where an elegant easy rising stair leads up to all levels with further staircase leading down to the basement. At the end of the hall is a cloakroom. To the rear is the formal dining room with ornate cornicing, cast iron fireplace with decorative range and at the front is a separate breakfast room, again with ornate cornicing, attractive fireplace and views towards the sea. The kitchen enjoys fine sea views and is comprehensively fitted with work surfaces, cupboard and drawer units and range of matching wall mounted cupboards with integral dishwasher with a utility room providing plumbing for a washing machine, space for a tumble drier and further built in units. Between the two rooms is a second hallway, with the original entrance to No. 30 again enjoying an attractive turning staircase leading to all floors and second stairs leading down to the cellar. Ceiling heights on this level extend to 10'3" high.

First floor
At the front of the property on this level are the two main principle reception rooms, the drawing room and sitting room. Both enjoy an open plan aspect with commanding sea views and fireplaces. In the corner of the drawing room is a deep storage cupboard. Also on this level is a study with range of built in cupboards including a cupboard housing the hot water tank and Gloworm gas boiler, as well as a room currently used as a nursery/bedroom. This floor has the highest ceiling height at 10'6" high.

Second floor
The second floor ceiling heights extend to 8'5" high with the master bedroom being a fine size room commanding elevated sea views, attractive cast iron fireplace with inset decorative tile, whilst on the other side of the landing is a large bathroom with free standing slipper bath with claw and ball feet, pedestal wash hand basin, tiled shower cubicle and toilet. There are two further double bedrooms on this floor, both having built in cupboards and one enjoying commanding sea views.

Third floor
Upon reaching the third floor, ceiling heights drop down to 7' high with floor to ceiling heights through the staircases extending to some 40'. At the front of the property are two double bedrooms, both enjoying high elevated views over the sea, whilst at the rear are two further bedrooms with a connecting door between. Both rooms lead back onto the separate landings with at one side a bathroom and the other a shower room.

Two separate staircases lead down into the basement rooms. On one side the rooms are currently used as two workshops, both having windows and recesses fireplaces with the back room having an external door with stairs leading up to the courtyard garden. On the other side are two cellar rooms, again both with windows and the rear room having a door leading out to the courtyard, whilst the front cellar has a peep hole leading through to four barrel cellars that lead under Kings Quay Street.

To the front of the property are wrought iron spear headed railings and rendered pillars with large wrought iron lantern holders. Four stone steps lead up to the entrance. There is a shared access at the side of the house with gateway leading through to a walled block paved courtyard providing some outdoor space.

Agents note : We understand from the current owner that in the past they have enjoyed a summer deep water mooring, though this cannot be verified. 


Cellar One 14' 10" x 14' 4" (4.52m x 4.37m)  

Cellar Two 14' 10" x 13' 3" (4.52m x 4.04m)  

Workshop One 15' x 14' 6" (4.57m x 4.42m)  

Workshop Two 14' 5" x 13' 1" (4.39m x 3.99m)  


Reception hall  


Kitchen 14' 6" x 12' 6" (4.42m x 3.81m)  

Breakfast room 14' 5" x 13' (4.39m x 3.96m)  

Dining room 14' 7" x 13' 6" (4.44m x 4.11m)  

Utility room 15' 1" x 13' 7" (4.6m x 4.14m)  


Sitting room 14' 8" x 12' 4" (4.47m x 3.76m)  

Drawing room 18' 3" x 14' 7" (5.56m x 4.44m)  

Study 13' 9" x 13' 7" (4.19m x 4.14m)  

Nursery/bedroom 15' x 13' 8" (4.57m x 4.17m)  


Bedroom one 18' 2" x 14' 6" (5.54m x 4.42m)  

Bedroom two 13' 10" x 13' 8" (4.22m x 4.17m)  

Bedroom three 14' 6" x 11' 8" (4.42m x 3.56m)  



Bedroom four 18' 3" x 14' 6" (5.56m x 4.42m)  

Bedroom five 15' 6" x 14' (4.72m x 4.27m)  

Bedroom six 15' 7" x 14' (4.75m x 4.27m)  

Bedroom seven 14' 2" x 12' (4.32m x 3.66m)  

Listing History

Added on Rightmove:
19 November 2015


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