Historic house where Oliver Cromwell spent christmas with his family is up for sale at £1.5 million.
The Grade I-listed 14th century manor where Oliver Cromwell spent Christmases with his daughter is up for sale for £1.5 million.
Luxurious Northborough Manor near Peterborough, Cambs, was home to the political leader’s daughter Elizabeth during the English Civil War in the mid-17th century.
She lived at the eight-bedroom house, which also has a four-bedroom gatehouse, with husband John Claypole, while her mother – also called Elizabeth – died in at the grand mansion in a room now christened ‘Cromwell‘s closet’.
The Claypoles clan themselves also have a storied history and were involved in the settlement of the American state of Pennsylvania.
As a nod to their contribution to the US region, a flag was gifted to the owners to fly in the grounds by the governor of the state in 1975 and it currently still resides in the building’s great hall.
The historic property is now on the market with luxury estate agents Fine & Country for £1.5 million.
The stately home is believed to have been built between 1333 and 1336 by Roger de Noburgh, who was Bishop of Lichfield and Coventry.
He later became Lord High Treasurer to King Edward II and advised William de Eyton – the master mason and architect of Lichfield – to craft Northborough Manor.
The Claypoles bought the house in 1572 and James Claypole extended the gatehouse to make room for staff as well as building the dovecote.
A 16-year-old Elizabeth Cromwell moved into the property following the civil war after marrying John Claypole in 1646.
After falling into disrepair in the centuries that followed, the house was saved from threatened demolition by garden book author and former first-class cricketer Roy Genders in the 1970s.
Current owners John and Jane Preston bought the home 30 years ago and claim the Claypole family have since even been in touch to buy back their ancestral home.
Former chartered surveyor John and retired actress Jane, 80, are now hoping to downsize in their later years.
Jane said: “We fell in love with the house when we saw it and we have grown to love it even more but we are pretty ancient now.
“When we moved in, our children were all at university age and they have all moved out and don’t come back much so it is too big for the two of us.
“But it has been a marvellous home for Christmas and family reunions and we have also had three family weddings here. We have loved it.
“Descendants of the Claypoles from America have actually come to us on a couple of occasions with plans to buy the house but they have never been able to organise it.”
The manor house opens with a great hall with a solar – a medieval private sleeping and living quarters – library and kitchen as well as the infamous Cromwell‘s closet.
There is also a tastefully decorated master bedroom with attached en-suite bathroom and dressing room and a guest bedroom which also has an en suite shower room.
A further two bedrooms and a family bathroom also reside on the top floor.
The separate gatehouse has its own dining room, sitting room and kitchen as well as four spacious double bedrooms, three of which benefit from en suite bath and shower rooms.
There is also a further bathroom and WC as well as an extensive attic in the house which has been converted from former stables.
Idyllic one-acre gardens surround the property with a dovecote and former stone privy and stables also featuring on the land.