Shropshire cottage with a most unusual secret for sale for just shy of £200,000
From the outside 30 Railway Street in Bridgnorth, Shropshire looks like an ordinary red brick terraced house. In reality – rather like the Austrian home where Josef Fritzl held his relatives captive for 24 years – it hides a secret and that secret is a network of rooms carved into the hillside behind and a near vertical garden that has repeatedly been mistaken for a Roman ruin.
The 1,151 square foot house, which is currently for sale through Nock Deighton at a price of £199,950 ($286,000 or €263,000), was bought by an eccentric artist named Antony Dracup (1930 – 2002) in the 1980s and then turned it into what can either be described as an artistic masterpiece or a ridiculous, damp folly.
Dracup decided that a sandstone cave at the rear of the house should be excavated and after reversing the internal layout of the existing building, he spent years chiseling away – in what his son terms “true Colditz style”. In doing so, he added around 650 square foot of accommodation to the tiny cottage as well as a great deal of character. He did so by mixing the sand and stone that resulted from his excavations with cement and then added gothic-style arches, pillars and stained glass features to complete the look.
After his death, the cottage was sold to the current owners, who have kept Dracup’s cave and the rather strange murals that he painted. Of the property, Andrew Ainge, sales manager at Nock Deighton, commented:
“It is really interesting to have a vaulted cave at the back of the property”.
“Lots of houses in Bridgnorth have caves at the back but I’ve not seen a house like this before – it is truly remarkable the length some people will go to”.
“I think it will appeal to people who like to have a bit of character in their home. If you want to host dinner parties and entertain people it is perfect”.
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