Stunning estate where Henry VI sought shelter during Wars of the Roses on sale for £4.25m


A STUNNING Lancashire estate with links to King Henry VI and more recent tragic history is now on sale for £4.25m.

Waddington Old Hall, which dates back to the 11th century in parts, once gave shelter to Henry VI during the War of the Roses.

Set in 2.2 acres of stunning grounds, the property is situated in the small village of Waddington, near Clitheroe, Lancashire.

Images of the sprawling estate show the property’s opulent courtyard and Italianate gardens as well traditional interior.

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Waddington Old Hall is one of the oldest properties in the area, with a rich historical significance.

It was used by the King following his defeat at the Battle of Hexham in 1464 and boasts many of the original features of the time.

Future owners can relax in one of the four reception rooms, which include the Great Hall which was lovingly restored by former owner John Waddington in 1899.

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The Grade II listed property also boasts five double bedrooms, four bathrooms and three staircases – including a secret passageway that helped aid Henry VI’s escape during the war.

Whilst seated at dinner in the oak panelled room, he had to evade capture and made a hasty exit via a secret staircase and escaped through a window in the King’s Room.

He was subsequently captured and taken to the Tower of London.

More recently the property has hit the headlines after its previous owner and JJB chief executive Duncan Sharpe, committed suicide aged 43 at a nearby beauty spot.

(C) Strutt and Parker

The property last went on sale in 2003 following his tragic death the previous year and is now on the market again with selling agents Strutt & Parker.

More recent additions to the property include a swimming pool, which comes complete with changing rooms, viewing gallery and a steam room.

The house sits behind two double wrought iron electric gates, leading to a large parking area at the impressive front façade of the property.

There is also a cloistered garage with space for several cars.

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