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STEAM age; homes & gardens.

Byline: BY KATE WOLFE

NESTLING amongst Worcestershire farmland under the Clent Hills, Walton House hardly brings to mind the hustle, bustle, steam and smoke of mid-18th century Birmingham.

Yet its former owners were among the city's founding fathers. They were the family of engineer Sir Richard Trevethick Tangey, whose innovative hydraulic winches launched the steamship Great Eastern.

Film star

In later years, Tangey heirs shared ownership of the Grade II Listed eight-bedroom Georgian property with the National Trust, which owns Clent Hills. Richard's grandsons, Derek, a former MI5 spy, and Nigel, an ex-RAF Squadron Leader, both went on to become authors.

Derek's books drew on his family's Cornish farming roots and favourite pets. And Nigel, who married 1940s Ylm star Ann Todd, wrote novels, including The Inconstant Sea, and a how-to-Wy manual.

He also revived his family's engineering Wair as a movie technical adviser, co-produced a Ylm and even composed a song: Daybreak.

The seven-bedroom, four bathroom, Walton House, with a onebedroom cottage in its courtyard, a huge two-storey tithe barn, period outbuildings and nine acres of grounds, is now on sale.

Andrew Grant Country Homes invite offers over pounds 1,750,000 for the house, two miles from Hagley, in Walton Pool Lane, Clent.

Six bedrooms have views towards the Malvern, Abberley and Clee Hills. Two vaulted-ceiling bedrooms, a bathroom and a box room are on the second Woor. Downstairs, a spindled oak staircase leads to an impressive gallery landing.

There are three reception rooms, a shelf-lined library, an extensively Ytted kitchen and a butler's pantry. Below them is a cellar.

Across the courtyard, a gardener's room and open two-car garage link the one-bedroom cottage to the two storey Tithe barn. Currently an entertainment suite, the barn's mezzanine Woor and exposed cross beams suggest other potential uses.

The gardens are planted for year-round colour. A branch of the sweeping in-out driveway leads to a partly walled kitchen garden, featuring a timber summerhouse.

There is a period lean-to greenhouse and another, timber-framed greenhouse. Lawns slope to a former tenniscourt, a pavilion in a small copse and a park-railed paddock enclosure.

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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Aug 24, 2008
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