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8 bedroom detached house for sale

Northborough, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

£1,500,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Grade I Listed Manor House & Grade I Listed Gatehouse and Keep
  • 8 Bedrooms, 7 Bathroom or En Suites, 6 Receptions, 2 Kitchen
  • Stunning Grounds Extending to 1.15 acres
  • Dovecote, Stable and Privy
  • Potential Commercial Use
  • Market Deeping 2 miles, Stamford 8 miles
  • Direct Train From Peterborough to London Kings Cross 46 Minutes
  • Historical Links to Oliver Cromwell
  • 6308 SQ FT of Accommodation

Full description

Northborough Manor is considered one of Cambridgeshire's most historic and finest Grade I listed Manor houses with significant historical connections to Oliver Cromwell and the American State of Pennsylvania. Including a four bedroom Gatehouse and Keep, along with a Dovecote, former privy and a former stable (now garage / store) and exceptional gardens; All within a very private village setting yet close to the Cathedral City of Peterborough, historic Georgian market town of Stamford and nearby Market Deeping.

Northborough Manor itself comprises the Great Hall, Solar, Library, Cromwell's Closet, kitchen, WC, master bedroom with en suite bathroom & dressing room, guest bedroom with en suite shower room, two further bedrooms and a family bathroom. The Gatehouse & Keep has accommodation comprising dining room, sitting room, kitchen, WC, four double bedrooms of which three benefit from en suite bath and shower rooms, bathroom and an extensive attic. There are two rooms in the Keep and also a Dovecote. Formal and informal Gardens are divided by a Haha with ample parking. In all grounds extend to approximately 1.15acres (0.47ha).

HISTORICAL NOTE

Northborough Manor and Gatehouse are thought to have been built between 1333-1336 by Roger de Norburgh, Bishop of Lichfield and Coventry, later Lord High Treasurer to Edward II. It is suggested that the Master Mason and architect of Lichfield Cathedral, William de Eyton, designed and built Northborough Manor.

Over 200 years later, after passing through a multiplicity of owners, the house was bought by James Claypole in 1572. As part of his improvements to the property, he is believed to have extended the Gatehouse for his staff and built the Dovecote. It was James Claypole's great grandson, John Claypole, who married the 16 year old Elizabeth Cromwell in 1646 during the Civil War. Elizabeth was Oliver Cromwell's favourite daughter and both she and John Claypole came to live at the Manor after the war with the elder Claypoles. It is certain that Cromwell visited his daughter and son-in-law at the house, spending Christmas here, but apart from the link with his favoured daughter, he was an old friend of John Claypole's father.

Elizabeth Claypole and Oliver Cromwell both died in 1658 and it was to here, Northborough, that Cromwell's widow, also Elizabeth, came to live with John Claypole.

The Claypole family continued across the Atlantic where John's three brothers emigrated and subsequently played a significant role in the early settlement of the state of Pennsylvania. The Claypole link between America and Northborough was officially recognised by the Governor of the state and in 1975, the state flag was presented to be flown at the Manor, currently displayed in the Great Hall. Before he died, John Claypole sold the Manor to Lord Fitzwilliam. It should be mentioned that Betsy Ross stitched the first Stars and Stripes and became a member of the Claypole Family.

One of the Claypoles descendants was a close friend of George Washington and printed the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States and Washington's Farewell Address to the American People.

The Manor later became a farmhouse and in time needed restoration. It was subsequently rescued by the garden book author, Roy Genders, in the 1970's and was saved from threatened demolition. Nikolaus Pevsner describes the Manor house as 'a remarkable survival of Hall and Gatehouse of a major Manor House of circa 1330 - 1340'.

Description 
Northborough Manor is considered one of Cambridgeshire's most historic and finest Grade I listed Manor houses with significant historical connections to Oliver Cromwell and the American State of Pennsylvania. Including a four bedroom Gatehouse and Keep, along with a Dovecote, former privy and a former stable (now garage / store) and exceptional gardens; All within a very private village setting yet close to the Cathedral City of Peterborough, historic Georgian market town of Stamford and nearby Market Deeping. Northborough Manor itself comprises the Great Hall, Solar, Library, Cromwell's Closet, kitchen, WC, master bedroom with en suite bathroom & dressing room, guest bedroom with en suite shower room, two further bedrooms and a family bathroom. The Gatehouse & Keep has accommodation comprising dining room, sitting room, kitchen, WC, four double bedrooms of which three benefit from en suite bath and shower rooms, bathroom and an extensive attic. There are two...

Northborough Manor 
Northborough Manor and Gatehouse are thought to have been built between 1333-1336 by Roger de Norburgh, Bishop of Lichfield and Coventry, later Lord High Treasurer to Edward II. It is suggested that the Master Mason and architect of Lichfield Cathedral, William de Eyton, designed and built Northborough Manor. Over 200 years later, after passing through a multiplicity of owners, the house was bought by James Claypole in 1572. As part of his improvements to the property, he is believed to have extended the Gatehouse for his staff and built the Dovecote. It was James Claypole's great grandson, John Claypole, who married the 16 year old Elizabeth Cromwell in 1646 during the Civil War. Elizabeth was Oliver Cromwell's favourite daughter and both she and John Claypole came to live at the Manor after the war with the elder Claypoles. It is certain that Cromwell visited his daughter and son-in-law at the house, spending Christmas here, but apart from the link with his favoured...

The Gatehouse 
The Gatehouse, with entrance hall and cloakroom, is listed Grade l and is positioned on the northern edge of the property and comprises the former stables and sleeping accommodation. The stables and sleeping accommodation have now been converted to an ancillary accommodation the Manor. On the ground floor there is a kitchen fitted with modern floor and wall units and integrated cooking appliances, a well-proportioned dining room, cloakroom and sitting room with open fireplace inset with a wood burner. To the first floor there are now four double bedrooms, three with en suite bath / shower rooms and a further bathroom. Stairs lead up the attic which spans the full length of the former stables and features dormer windows on both the north and south elevations and a fireplace at each gable end. The Gatehouse archway provides access the Manor and has vast double doors which are still in working order and offer full privacy and security to the property. The Keep adjoins the...

Gardens & Outbuildings 
The gardens are a huge compliment to the Manor with full credit given to the existing owners who have done much to establish the formal gardens and kitchen garden as we see them today. There has been significant time given to planning and sourcing the medieval flower and tree species around the gardens, which subsequently create a truly breath-taking and private garden. The property is approached through the Gatehouse archway to a gravel parking area between the Manor and Gatehouse. There is a formal rose garden with timber trellis walkways, pathways and boundary of lime trees leading into a wild flower meadow. The garden adjacent to the rear of the Manor is also formal in structure and planted with an array of beautiful herbaceous plants and divided by grass and walkways. The kitchen garden is enclosed by a low level hedge and woven fence panels with bed divided by grass walkways too. The majority of te garden benefits from an automatic watering system. The garden setting...

Accommodation Measurements  
ENTRANCE PORCH TO MANOR GREAT HALL 11.43m (37' 6") x 7.37m (24' 2") LIBRARY 3.57m (11' 9") 4.02m (13' 2") KITCHEN BREAKFAST ROOM 1 4.47m (14' 8") x 4.42m (14' 6") REAR HALL BATHROOM 1 FIRST FLOOR LANDING 1 SOLAR 4.80m (15' 9") x 8.90m (29' 2") CROMWELL'S CLOSET SECOND FLOOR LANDING GUEST BEDROOM 2.75m (9' 0") x 2.75m (9' 0") EN SUITE 1 PRINCIPAL BEDROOM 1 4.75m (15' 7") x 3.92m (12' 10") DRESSING ROOM EN SUITE 2 BEDROOM THREE 1 3.57m (11' 9") x 2.25m (7' 5") BEDROOM FOUR 1 3.67m (12' 0") x 2.29m (7' 6") ENTRANCE HALL INTO GATEHOUSE SITTING ROOM 4.72m (15' 6") x 5.40m (17' 9") DOWNSTAIRS W/C DINING ROOM 5.96m (19' 7") x 4.10m (13' 5") KITCHEN BREAKFAST ROOM 2 3.82m (12' 6") x 5.23m (17' 2") FIRST FLOOR LANDING 2 PRINCIPAL...

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  • Peterborough (6.0 mi)
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