Sunday, January 1, 2023

Is Britain’s Most Expensive House For Sale?

Is what could be Britain’s most expensive house for sale? If it is, the price could top £200 million and the buyer will come to own Central London’s largest truly private garden also

Rector’s houses are often grand but when what is now called The Old Rectory – or more simply 56 Old Church Street – in Chelsea became something on quite another scale when it was extended and refurbished by Collett and Champion between 1990 and 1994 in association with the Japanese businessman Norikazu Nemoto.


Grade II listed and featuring a Blue Plaque to the notoriously bigoted clergyman and writer Professor Charles Kingsley (1819 – 1875) – a man who described the Irish as “human white chimpanzees” and one whose novel Westward Ho! paved the way for the naming of the owning of the only settlement in Britain with an exclamation mark in its name – The Old Rectory was built circa 1725 on a site gifted to the church by the Marquis of Winchester.


Famous for having the largest truly private garden in Central London – which extends to two acres and which was also the place where the 1815 Battle of Waterloo was supposedly planned when rector George Valerian Wellesley, brother of the Duke of Wellington was in residence – The Old Rectory was transformed in the early 1990s with the addition of two wings.


Now said to have accommodation extending to 30,000 square foot, the property has been owned by Norwegian born John Fredriksen – formerly Norway’s richest man (until he abandoned his citizenship) since 2001. He paid around £40 million for the property but now with a somewhat vague advert appearing on the property website from an obscure agent named Belgrave Lettings it seems it could be for sale.


In their listing, the firm describe “an enormous detached mansion in Old Church Street, London, SW3” with “huge gardens plus summer house.” Features – that giveaway the house’s identity – are said to include 8 double bedrooms “with a spectacular master, 8 bathrooms, [an] impressive swimming pool, cinema room, gym, double garage [and] underground parking for 12 vehicles.”


The image used to accompany the Belgrave Lettings listing for the house; the price is described as “POA”

Whilst some might suggest such a property – given the only other detached house in that street that this could possibly be does not have an interior resembling the photograph of the hallway (pictured above) used in the marketing material, it can only be assumed this has to be The Old Rectory. A call to the agents by The Steeple Times, however, was met simply with the answer: “No comment” and the abrupt click of the phone.


Since a penthouse in the repugnantly vulgar (and mostly empty) money park that is One Hyde Park in Knightsbridge sold for £160 million in May 2018 (plus £23 million in stamp duty), if indeed The Old Rectory is for sale, it will surely fetch well north of £200 million.


The Numbers – The Old Rectory, 56 Old Church Street, London, SW3


2019 – For sale? Asking price unknown.


2006 – John Fredriksen pays £30 million ($39 million, €34.8 million or درهم143.2 million) for the neighbouring house, 58 Old Church Street.


2004 – Oligarch and Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich reportedly offered £100 million ($130 million, €116 million or درهم477 million) for the house even though it was not (allegedly) even for sale.


2001 – Sold to self-made Norwegian oil tanker and shipping magnate John Fredriksen for circa £40 million ($51 million, €46 million or درهم191 million)


1995 – Sold to Greek shipping and steel magnate Theodore Angelopoulos for £22 million ($28.6 million, €25.5 million or درهم105 million).


1994 – For sale for £25 million ($32.5 million, €29 million or درهم119 million).


A whole selection of imagery of The Old Rectory after its 1991 – 1993 renovation can be viewed on the website of Collett-Zarzycki by clicking here.

Facebook: @TheSteepleTimes

Instagram: @TheSteepleTimes

Twitter: @SteepleTimes


Is Britain’s Most Expensive House For Sale? £200 million The Old Rectory, 56 Old Church Street, Chelsea, London, SW3 5DB – Is what could be Britain’s most expensive house for sale? If it is, the buyer will come to own Central London’s largest private garden also.
An aerial image shows the extent of the property
Is Britain’s Most Expensive House For Sale? £200 million The Old Rectory, 56 Old Church Street, Chelsea, London, SW3 5DB – Is what could be Britain’s most expensive house for sale? If it is, the buyer will come to own Central London’s largest private garden also.
The Old Rectory was significantly smaller in the 19th century
Is Britain’s Most Expensive House For Sale? £200 million The Old Rectory, 56 Old Church Street, Chelsea, London, SW3 5DB – Is what could be Britain’s most expensive house for sale? If it is, the buyer will come to own Central London’s largest private garden also.
Current owner of The Old Rectory John Fredriksen’s family purchased its neighbour, 58 Old Church Street, for £30 million in 2006 (it is supposedly in the ownership of his daughters)
The Steeple Times
The Steeple Times
We research and background check our articles. If you believe we have made and error in some detail please get in touch, we seek always to write the truth and stand against a press owned by a self selected few. Please help us, we will accept all your likes, subscriptions and anonymous suport. The Editor and his team at the Steeple Times.


  1. I lived in this house for 3 years in the late 80’s, it was a charming old tumble down rectory, and half of the house was in disrepair and not used. But what a fabulous experience to get the chance to live in such a unique treasure.

  2. I remember viewing it when it was first for sale there were wild rabbits and foxes in the garden and it was run down but had a real charm. No doubt it will be bought by an ex head of state that has raided their treasury through some middle man based in Panama 🙂


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

£1 per week Supports The Steeple Times

Help journalism to remain honest & independent. You can make a difference to the world today.


Subscribe For DAILY NEWS

Please subscribe, like and share this unique site, it helps us tremendously. The Steeple Times in return will send you an email at noon each and everyday, that we sincerely hope you will enjoy & look forward to seeing in your inbox.


Trending Now

Shock Horror (Not)! MPs Engaged in “Sex & Heavy Drinking” On Trips Abroad

That that ‘The Guardian’ is shocked by news that MPs – mostly Tories, it seems – “engaged in ‘sex and heavy drinking’ on trips abroad” is actually beyond bloody laughable.

Crypto Crook’s Big Short – Will Sam Bankman-Fried Story Be Turned Into Blockbuster?

Crypto crook Sam Bankman-Fried astonishingly gets to hang out with the author of ‘The Big Short’ in spite of being on £207 million bail and now has not only Ghislaine Maxwell’s lawyer onside but also Prince Andrew’s judge to face also.

Five Unlikely Things Famous Footballers Did Next…

David Lennox shares the little-known stories of what five famous footballers did next after retiring their pitch time prowess – amongst them everything from novel writing to forensic detective work.

Most Popular Articles

Justice for James Scurlock

Power of social media proven after senseless killing of James Scurlock in Omaha, Nebraska allegedly by a controversial bar owner named Jake Gardner who has been photographed with Donald Trump.

Moron of the Moment – Prince Harry

With his marriage to the woman formerly known as Meghan Markle, Prince Harry has morphed into an utter bore   Prince Harry used to be a...

Scobie Orf!

‘MeGain’s’ bestie Omid Scobie deservedly gets slammed by ‘Yankee Wally’ Sadie Quinlan for getting her shut down on Twitter; this childish chap should now just ‘belt up, wrap up and shut up.’

A Massive Media Maelstrom – McCann, Mandelson and Maxwell

Matthew Steeples highlights how the ‘Mandelson Media Method’ is very much in play in both the case of the Prince Andrew-Jeffrey Epstein connection and the renewed interest in the Madeleine McCann disappearance.

The Phil & Matt Show

Phillip Schofield filmed smoking shisha with his alleged ex-lover Matt McGreevy (and pictured in bed thereafter); another image shows the pair together in photograph...

Plane Perverted

EXCLUSIVE – Previously unnamed 9-year-old child pictured on the lap of Jeffrey Epstein on his plane in ‘Daily Mail’ suggested to be daughter of billionaire Glenn Dubin.

Moron of the Moment 2021 – Richard Madeley

As the new Diana, Princess of Wales statue is mocked as looking like him, ‘Dorian Gray of Daytime Telly’ Richard Madeley pathetically claims he got PTSD due to worrying about his son’s wedding.

Most Liked...

Ampika Pickston

Ampika Pickston
Oldham born divorcee and former glamour model Ampika Pickston describes herself as “feisty, fun loving and warm hearted”. Now based in Hale Barns, Cheshire...

Picture of the Week: The Wallies of Whalley

Picture of the Week: A field at Whalley Arches, Lancashire before and after flooding
Image of flooded Lancashire field complete with sign advertising it as a development site for 39 homes illustrates the perils of building on flood...

Was Mucky Minx Meghan Markle A ‘Yacht Girl’ For ‘Randy Andy’?

Was Meghan Markle A ‘Yacht Girl’ For ‘Randy Andy’?
As author Kirby Sommers suggests that the then Meghan Markle likely spent time with Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein before she met Prince Harry, we again highlight the mucky, murkiness and mendacious manner of this alleged “yacht girl.”

Suggestions Please – Best & Worst of 2022; Heroes & Villians

Suggestions Please – Best & Worst of 2022; Heroes & Villians
‘The Steeple Times’ requests submissions of the best and worst people of 2022 along with suggestions of those who’ll be missed and who won’t.

Organic Vegetable Maxwell – Rotten-To-Her-Core Ghislaine Maxwell Moves Jail

Organic Vegetable Maxwell – Ghislaine Maxwell Moves Jail
As mucky madam Ghislaine Maxwell is moved to a low security prison in Florida where prisoners will supposedly likely “hate” her, PR peddler Jay Beecher’s ‘The Maxwell Files’ website bizarrely starts promoting organic vegetables in Sussex and lists stories about this anything but wholesome criminal as “recipes.”