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Detached house for sale

High Street, Clive, Nr Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY4

Sold STC £800,000

Property Description

Key features

  • accommodation is currently split up into 8 separate flats
  • 6906 Square feet
  • entrance hall
  • conservatory
  • extensive gardens and grounds extending to about 3.09 acres
  • bowling green
  • EPC Rating = D

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Historic property in need of extensive remodelling, in a popular village, sitting in grounds of about 3.09 acres. Accommodation is spread over 6906 square feet.


Clive stands to one side of the beautiful Grinshill Hill from where
panoramic views across Shropshire can be enjoyed and is an area noted for its wonderful walks, riding and abundance of wildlife. The name is derived from the old English word for cliff. The village is considered to be one of the most exclusive villages in North Shropshire and is very popular due to its amenities including a post office/shop, medical centre, church, primary school and a strong local community with many events and activities arranged in the village hall.

The nearby quarry at Grinshill provides sandstone which is used throughout the village for walls, houses, the village church, and more further afield at Haughmond Abbey and the Welsh Bridge in Shrewsbury, to the lintels and door surrounds of Number 10 Downing Street.

Situated just off the A49 and the B5476, the village is served by a regular bus service to nearby market towns including Wem, Whitchurch and the historic county town of Shrewsbury. The latter offers a wide range of independent and high street shops, restaurants and leisure facilities including The Theatre Severn. Shrewsbury also has a number of highly regarded schools, both within the state and private sectors, including Shrewsbury School, Shrewsbury High School for Girls, The Priory and Prestefelde Preparatory School. Packwood Haugh is also around 10 miles away.

There is easy access to the commercial centres of Telford,
Wolverhampton and Birmingham along with other Midland business centres via the M54 which connects to the national motorway network for onward travel. The A5 provides quick access to mid and north Wales and provides links to the A53 to the Potteries and the A49 to Chester and Manchester. There is also a rail service from Yorton on the Cardiff to Crewe line enabling rail travel to London within two and a half hours. Regional airports include Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester.



Clive Hall, one of the village’s more imposing buildings, is a timber framed Elizabethan house incorporating the red brick herringbone pattern much in favour at the time it was built. The Hall was once the home of William Wycherley born there in 1640 who went on to become a famous comic dramatist and playwright in the flamboyant Restoration court of Charles II. The King entrusted the education of his illegitimate son, the Duke of Richmond, to Wycherley however fell out of favour
around a year later. In 1697 he returned home to succeed to his father’s estate and published some poems in 1704 which attracted the attention of a young Alexander Pope (18th century English poet) who helped Wycherley to revised them. He died in 1716 and is buried in the village churchyard of All Saints.

The Hall underwent extensive refurbishment in the late 1800s when Mr Thomas Meares, the son of a local farmer in Clive who had made his fortune in Manchester and London and owned tea plantations in Ceylon, returned home in 1873 and purchased Clive Hall. He embarked upon a ten year building programme that completely transformed the property and grounds into a modern showpiece

It is believed that the grounds were meticulously landscaped to
feature waterfalls tumbling over Grinshill stone, manicured lawns with separating imposing yew hedges and stunning borders of flowering shrubs and roses. Thomas Meares was also a major contributor to the local community and helped establish a permanent water supply, connected Clive to the Telegraph system and was instrumental in the construction of the village Hall.

Clive Hall occupies a central position within the idyllic village of Clive and enjoys uninterrupted views over the adjoining open countryside. The 15th century foundations were modernised in Victorian times and have recently been run as a number of individual one/two bedroomed flats owned by a local housing association.

The house sits in an elevated position and borders the road with a wall that is topped with wrought iron railings and a gate which leads to a sweeping path with several steps to a lawned area and the entrance porch which features stained glass windows and a mosaic floor. The entrance hall is a particular handsome feature of the property having fully panelled wooden walls around the room and an impressive turned
staircase with a window featuring stain glass flowers border. Many of the rooms benefit from high ceilings and decorative fireplaces with others including Victorian cornicing, deep skirting boards and quarry tile floors. There are eight flats which each feature a bathroom and kitchen of varying sizes, however, it could be possible with planning permission to reconfigure the property back into an impressive single residence. The flats share a conservatory and extensive cellars which run under Clive Hall.

Outside the rear gardens are a particularly striking complement to the property and still contain many of the features that Thomas Meares initiated including the rose gardens and yew hedges. There are approximately 3.09 acres of land which have a number of paths that visit different secret gardens and a great wealth of mature trees and shrubs including Copper Beech, Sycamore, Rhododendrons, Apple trees and various Holly trees to name just a few. Unusually, Clive Hall
benefits from a bowling green.
A rear driveway leads to a four bay open car port and an extensive parking area.

Square Footage: 6,906 sq ft
Acreage: 3.09 Acres



From Shrewsbury take the A49 towards Whitchurch turning left in Preston Brockhurst on a sharp corner signed Clive/Yorton/Myddle and Corbet Wood. Follow the road for approximately 1.5 miles and you will find the property on the left hand side.

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17 November 2017

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