Hidden on a housing estate, the manor house that time forgot

It's all yours for £350,000 - but you'll need to do a bit of work


The grand frontage of the manor house

Stroll down Kinver Street or Primrose Hill in Stourbridge, and you'd think them nothing out of the ordinary - streets of suburban semis like any others.

But hidden away among these West Midlands houses is an utterly unexpected property, a listed manor house in an acre and a half of grounds.

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And perhaps the most surprising fact of all is that it's up for sale for just £350,000.

Wordsley Manor was built by Black Country industrialists in 1757, in the days when the area was just fields. It's been in the same family since 1850.

Hidden on a housing estate, the manor house that time forgot

However, since then, a housing estate has grown up around it, as you can see in the aerial shot from Google Earth above.

The four-storey brick house is huge, at around 7,500 square feet, with three grand reception rooms. It's chock-full of original features, from elaborate cornicing to grand fireplaces.

An elegant reception room

"As you enter Wordsley Manor into its long reception hall, your eyes are immediately drawn to the far staircase, gallery landing and window to its rear elevation," say agents The Lee Shaw Partnership.

"The formal dining room is the most impressive room of the Manor, having a rear bay window and beautiful fittings. As you would expect, the drawing room and morning room are well-proportioned, excellent sized rooms with sash windows and impressive fireplaces."

The historic kitchen

The kitchen is quite incredible, with the original cast-iron range and panelled cupboards and drawers covering one wall.

On the first floor is a comparatively conventional four bedrooms, bathroom and dressing room - but this house has yet another surprise occupying the second floor.

It currently houses a 49-seat cinema, complete with 'cinema lounge' and 'box office', with a projection room, dynamo room, rewind room and switch room. Built in the 1930s, it's like stepping back in time.

The 1930s cinema

As the building is listed, the new owner might well not be permitted to convert all this back to living accommodation.

But take heart: there's plenty more space if required. There are east and west wings to the house that have gradually fallen into disrepair over the years, but which could be restored to their former glory.

The agents say they're seeking offers until 27 June - but from cash buyers only. You can see the full listing on Rightmove here.

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