House For SaleThe Anchorage, 137, Handsworth Wood Road, Birmingham
Guide price £795,000 Sold
Fabulous historic Arts and Crafts residence retaining extensive original features and set in grounds approaching half an acre
- Entrance hall, great hall with minstrels’ gallery above
- Drawing room (former music room)
- Kitchen, pantry, washroom
- Study, 2 cloakrooms, rear hall, stores, cellar
- Attached self-contained annexe (former garage)
- 5 first floor bedrooms, 2 bath/shower rooms
- 4 second floor bedrooms, 2 bath/shower rooms
- Attached stores
- Enclosed rear garden
- Off-street parking for several vehicles
- In all about 0.45 acre
The Anchorage is located north of Handsworth in the triangle between Handsworth Golf Club, Perry Hall Park and Handsworth. It is conveniently situated for Hamstead train station, the M5 and M6 motorways and Birmingham City Centre, all found within about 3 miles. There are numerous state and private schools within the area.
The property was built in 1899 by architects Joseph Crouch and Edmund Butler for local jeweller Alfred Constantine who was based in the Jewellery Quarter.
It is Grade II* Listed, being of architectural and historical interest, retaining many original and unique period features. These include the minstrels’ gallery with detailed murals, decorative stained glass windows by Mary Newill and door furniture, light fittings and copper firehoods in several rooms by the Bromsgrove Guild (possibly Benjamin Creswick). The original Hunt and Feast murals by Fred Davis and the minstrels gallery in the great hall were burnt by fire around 1977 and subsequently restored.
The garage has been converted to form a self-contained annexe but could be returned to garaging if required. The property is laid out over three floors plus a cellar.
A covered entrance porch with storage area and decorative timber front door lead to the hall opening to the great hall with minstrels’ gallery above. This wonderful room also boasts attractive stained glass and leaded light windows, metalwork detail to door furniture and the copper firehood. From the great hall there is access to the sitting room and study and access to the rear garden. From the opposite side of the great hall double doors open to the dining room which is of a good size with fireplace in alcove and bay window overlooking the rear garden. A further door gives access to a hallway servicing the kitchen/breakfast room and various service rooms. The annexe and cellar can also be accessed here. From the main entrance a detailed carved wooden staircase takes you to the first floor with a light and spacious double aspect master bedroom, 4 further bedrooms, a bathroom and shower room. The staircase continues to the second floor which provides 4 additional bedrooms, bathroom and shower room.
Grounds and gardens
To the front of the property there is a ‘horseshoe’ style driveway with separate entrance and exit points and ample parking. The rear garden is of a good size, mainly laid to lawn with fenced boundaries and some mature trees. An attractive veranda runs along the majority of the rear of the house.