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Historic village attracts buyers.

FIVE prestigious new homes built by Mendwest have gone on sale in the history-steeped Staffordshire village of Abbots Bromley.

The Saxon village, famous for its annual traditional Horn Dance, is also five miles from Loxley, reputed birthplace of Robin Hood.

Local historians claim that Robin of Loxley regularly visited the village, to compete in its archery competitions.

Each of the traditionally-styled houses has extensive views over delightful countryside which Mary Queen of Scots may have been in no mood to fully appreciate when she stayed at the local Manor House on Hall Hill. Her stay was on her journey from Chartley Hall to her execution. The individually designed properties are designed and built with the attention to detail on which Mendwest prides itself.

They range in price between pounds 230,000 and pounds 250,000.

Each property is a spacious family home comprising cloakroom, family room, dining room, kitchen-breakfast room, en-suite master bedroom and a further three bedrooms plus a family bathroom.

Abbots Bromley Horn Dance, performed each September, is a favoured tourist attraction. The traditional dance, performed by local men carrying stags' antlers, dates back to the 12th century when there were still reindeer in the county.

Many social historians believe it has much earlier origins, as a fertility rite to ensure a plentiful herd of young reindeer in the local forest.

For details of the new homes, telephone selling agent Knight Frank's Birmingham office on 0121 236 0777.
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Author:Wolfe, Kate
Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Feb 14, 1999
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