Jeremy Clarkson's childhood home listed for £1.2million

This is the home where the first Paddington Bear soft toy was created

Take a look inside Jeremy Clarkson's Grade II-listed childhood home - on the market for £1.2million

Jeremy Clarkson's childhood home, where he played with the first ever Paddington Bear toy, is on the market for £1.2million.

The controversial presenter, who is due to launch new series The Grand Tour later this month, grew up at the Grade II-listed Rowland Bridge House in the town of Tickhill near Doncaster, South Yorks, in the early 1970s.

The luxury property is located near the prestigious Hill House and Repton schools which Clarkson attended as a child.

And it is believed his mum Shirley, who ran a small manufacturing business called Gabrielle Designs with dad Edward at the time, created the first Paddington Bear soft toy there in a last-ditch bid to afford school fees for son Jeremy.

The hit children's toy was modified by the Yorkshire-based designers to include wellington boots as the bear would not stand up on its own.

The revision became so popular that it was adopted in the design of the character, who was created by Michael Bond in 1958, across other toy versions.

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This meant Clarkson, who was 12 at the time, became the first child in the UK to own a Paddington Bear toy as a result, alongside sister Joanna.

The six-bedroom period home, which dates back to the 17th century, is now on the market with luxury estate agents Fine & Country for £1.2million.

Restored back to its former glory by new owners, the property stands in private gardens adjacent to the village pond, Mill Dam.

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There is also a former boathouse on the water which presently offers garaging and an office studio in picturesque surroundings.

The house itself is constructed out of stone under a pantile roof while and this has ensured that the original charm and character has been retained while modern features have been introduced in recent times.

In the interior, natural timber and original oak beams are featured throughout and continue the traditional feel and this has also been reproduced with reclaimed and refurbished cast iron radiators.

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The reception hall with the adjacent music room off are at the heart of the property, which has a central video and audio system throughout, with the stairs leading to the first floor.

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There is a cloakroom off the rear hall area which leads through to the impressive drawing room which has an impressive stone fireplace, and bespoke oak cabinets and book shelving.

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French doors at the back of the rear hall open to an orangery which offers breathtaking views of the gardens.

The reception hall also allows passage to the cinema room which has built in oak cabinets flanking the open fireplace with polished slate inset as well as window shutters.

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The dining room leads in the opposite direction from the hall and through to the kitchen.

This room features an extensive range of bespoke units with granite surfaces, a complimenting central island, integrated appliances and a four-oven Aga.

On the first floor there are four bedrooms, the guest room with an en-suite bathroom, and a family bathroom.

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There is also a study with fitted office furniture, with access through to steps up to the sixth bedroom.

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A separate staircase leads to the master bedroom suite which has walnut and oak-fitted furniture while also incorporating a Miele coffee maker and fridge as well as an en-suite bathroom.

The surrounding landscaped gardens offer privacy while the perimeter of the property is accessed by electricially-operated gates and a paved courtyard.

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Fine and Country/Mercury Press

Credits: Fine and Country/Mercury Press

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James Stock, from Fine & Country Bawtry, said: "We are excited about the prospect of listing a property with so much presence within the local area.

"It is a home that is known and loved by a huge about of people and occupies such a dominant positon within the popular village of Tickhill."

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