Bids for 16th Century Mutton's cottage start at just £1

Bids for 16th Century cottage start at just £1! Grade II-listed servant’s quarters built by Henry VIII’s chaplain and called ‘Mutton’s Castle’ due to local legend goes under the hammer with low guide price

  • Mutton’s Castle built by Henry VIII’s chaplain is go up for auction Wednesday December 14 for just £1
  • The cottage was built in the 1530s two miles from The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham
  • The 16th-century cottage is said to be one of a few stone houses of a kind not found anywhere else in England
  • The 500-year-old property will go under the hammer from 9am in Bond Wolfe’s next live-streamed auction

A 16th-century cottage built by Henry VIII’s chaplain will go under the hammer at auction next month starting at just £1. 

House-hunters will be given the chance to be the official owner of High Heath cottage, also known as Mutton’s Castle in Withy Hill Road, Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham for as little as 100 pennies.

The Grade II-listed servant’s cottage sits in its own gardens and surrounded by acres of fields.

The cottage will go under the hammer from 9.00 am in Bond Wolfe’s next auction on Wednesday December, 14, which will be livestreamed.

High Heath cottage, also known locally as Mutton’s cottage will go up for auction on Wednesday December, 14, for as little as £1

While locals refer to it as a castle, the interior is far from the royal standard and will need a lot of money invested into the property to renovate it 

The 500-year-old vacant property just two miles from the Royal town of Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands is said to be one of a few stone houses of a kind not found anywhere else in England.

It was built in the 1530s by local benefactor John Harman, who became Bishop Vesey and later King Henry VIII’s chaplain.

Bishop Vesey is said to have built more than 50 of these stone properties to house his servants, who would also keep order in outlying areas of his native Sutton Coldfield.

The unique tall and narrow detached property is going under the hammer at property auctioneers Bond Wolfe  on Wednesday December, 14, with a guide price of just a pound.

The building has three floors, two rooms on the first floor and one on each the second and thirds floors

It was built in the 1530s by local benefactor John Harman, who became Bishop Vesey and later King Henry VIII’s chaplain

The property was built in an isolated spot once surrounded by the open commons of High Heath, but today stands alone in the middle of hedgeless farmland

The cottage was once one of three which was occupied by farm labourers in 1851

Gurpreet Bassi, chief executive at Bond Wolfe, said the price was so low as the vacant building had fallen into disrepair and would require substantial investment to renovate.

He said the property was built in an isolated spot once surrounded by the open commons of High Heath, but today stands alone in the middle of hedgeless farmland.

Mr Bassi added: ‘This property has a fascinating history and the appearance of a mini watchtower, looking out across the valley to a lonely stretch of the old coach road from Coleshill to Lichfield, now the A446, where highwaymen could lurk.

‘By the 19th century, the cottage was part of the Moor Hall Estate, and there was once a row of three cottages adjoining it, occupied by farm labourers in 1851.

‘But the adjoining cottages fell into disrepair, and the present-day High Heath Cottage stands alone in the landscape much as it did nearly 500 years ago.

The cottage on Withy Hill Road is located between Moor Hall Hotel and Bassetts Pole

The cottage will go under the hammer from 9am in Bond Wolfe’s next auction on Wednesday December, 14

‘This three-storey property is suitable for development but requires refurbishment and modernisation within the Grade II* building and green belt regulations, as well as the usual planning permission.’

The cottage on Withy Hill Road is located between Moor Hall Hotel and Bassetts Pole. It has two rooms on the first floor and one on each the second and thirds floors.

The Sutton Coldfield Local History Research Group has described how the cottage was easy to defend from attack, originally having only one ground-floor window.

Historians said the property is believed to have obtained its original name from a man who stole a sheep and barricaded himself in the cottage. 

They wrote: ‘There is a local tradition that a man who had stolen a sheep barricaded himself in the cottage – this at a time when sheep-stealing was a hanging offence.

‘He is supposed to have held out for a considerable time, and so the cottage used to be known locally as ‘Mutton Castle’.’

The cottage will go under the hammer from 9am in Bond Wolfe’s next auction on Wednesday December, 14, which will be livestreamed.

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