Only the best brickwork and views for man of substance who wielded power over farm tenants
PUBLISHED: 15:08 12 December 2019 | UPDATED: 15:08 12 December 2019
A house that was one the home of a Victorian farm bailiff is being put up for sale – having retained many of the extra features appropriate to a man of his stature.
Henry and Emily Sandover's home - Red House, at Grange Road, Wickham Skeith, near Eye - still contains some of its original features, including tiled and timber flooring, panelled doors and cast iron fireplaces as well as outbuildings.
"As befitting a Victorian farm bailiff who had power to hire and fire his master's tenants, Henry Sandover had a house with the best brickwork, a stained glass window and one of the finest views in Wickham Skeith.
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He also had a dutiful wife Emily who attended the dairy and fowls. Their personal hygiene would have been questionable though because their handsome home was devoid of the comforts of a bathroom," explained agent Adella Lithman.
The Sandovers were known to have been living at Red House in 1891 as they were on the census at that time.
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Henry is said to have worn a woollen jacket and leather gaiters and always wore a hat.
Historically, Wickham Skeith is reported to be one of the last places to stop ducking witches in the village pond.
The home now includes modern features including a kitchen, central heating and double glazing, says property agents Harrison Edge, which is offering it for sale with a price tag of £435k.
A bathroom was added 76 years later when it was sold in 1959 for £1,500. Since then the property has retained its unspoiled views, no close neighbours, farming connections and evolved into a north Suffolk "statement home", she said.
The three-bedroomed home, with a study, also comes with a traditional pond.
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