Historic £2m Walsall mansion with its own ‘secret passages’ on the market

Historic £2m Walsall mansion with its own ‘secret passages’ on the market

Luxury mansion for sale in Aldridge A ‘beautifully grand’ mansion with its own secret hideaway used by priests fleeing persecution has gone on the market. The multi-million pound Black Country manor dates back to the 1600s and is steeped in history.

It boast three priest holes, which were concealed spots used by priests to stay hidden when they were being hunted. The Grade II listed home also comes with the remains of an underground tunnel which leads to the nearby church.

Now the lavish property – in Aldridge, Walsall – could be yours for a hefty guide price of £2m. Agents Fine and Country said: “This beautifully grand and imposing Grade II listed Georgian property is set behind large wrought iron gates in the heart of Aldridge, which is just three miles from Sutton Coldfield and nine miles from Birmingham city centre.

” The Moot house (which translates to meet) is believed to date back to the 1600’s with later additions in around 1751 and is steeped in history. There are three priest holes in the property, with the remains of an underground tunnel that used to run underneath the Croft and led to the nearby church.”

Sitting behind huge iron gates, the eight-bedroom property is set within about 0.62 acres of garden space. There is a strawberry patch, ‘masses’ of bluebells and snowdrops in the Spring months, a chicken run and a tree house.

The detached home, in The Green , also features four bathrooms, as well as rooms boasting high ceilings The current owners said: “Very elegant and spacious, and with stunning original features including hand blown crown glass panes, it is so full of character and history.

“A particularly special room is the master bedroom with its coved ceiling and stunning views. Overall, the spacious elegance of the rooms and garden make this the perfect picturesque property for everyday life and entertaining alike.

“The peaceful walled garden is visited by lots of birds, butterflies and bees and our chickens fill the coop with freshly laid eggs for breakfast each morning. The views from the garden over the Croft are pretty enough to paint.”

Agents said there is also a snug, ‘spacious’ drawing room and a farmhouse-style kitchen complete with a bread oven. The National Trust said on its website: “Priest holes were concealed spots created especially for priests, so they could hide away safely during a time when Catholics were persecuted.

“Under Queen Elizabeth I, priests were often imprisoned, tortured and even killed. Priest holes were specially disguised within a house to baffle search parties.”

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