Barrister Arundel Coke thought 6 Angel Hill was so desirable he was hanged in 1722 for attempting to murder its then owner.
Coke and accomplice Edward Woodburne were convicted of ‘maliciously maiming and wounding’ Edward Crispe in a well publicised trail at Suffolk Assizes.
Today, the house that was subject of his envy, with its commanding position opposite Bury St Edmunds’ Abbey Gardens, is Grade II listed with the potential to make a striking family home.
This unique building is of mainly timber framed construction behind an elegant redbrick Flemish Bond facade beneath a slate roof.
It retains a wealth of outstanding and high status features including a stunning 17th century Barley Twist staircase, veined and carved marble fireplaces, fine 16th and 17th century wall panelling, oak floorboards, large sash and stained glass windows and generous ceiling height throughout.
The agents say the property, which is leasehold with 233 years remaining, provides tremendous scope and potential for refurbishment.
Though the greatest potential for the building, given its setting and features, seems to be keeping it as one substantial dwelling, planning permission and listed building consent was granted by St Edmundsbury Borough Council in 2008 for conversion into two apartments.
It is understood that the building was the subject of repairs in 2009 to 2010 on behalf of the Town Trust. A list of the works carried out is available to view at agents Sheridans’ nearby Whiting Street offices.
The deceptive level of accommodation includes a splendid 21ft by 18ft drawing room with three large sash windows affording views across Angel Hill and a fine marble fireplace with carved frieze above.
There is an elegant 15ft by 13ft dining room, a panelled 16ft by 12ft kitchen-breakfast room and a 10ft by 7ft bathroom with original dark wood panelling and roll-top cast iron bath.
Two staircases rise to the second floor where there is a bathroom and four bedrooms, three of which have the fine views across Angel Hill to the Abbey Gardens.
Outside, to the rear of the property is an enclosed garden offering scope for improvement while being stocked with numerous mature trees, shrubs. It has a 40ft square lawn and a terrace.
Steps lead up to an 40ft by 15ft area with planning permission for off-road parking accessed from Lower Baxter Street.
At the rear of the property is a single storey outbuilding with scope for conversion.
The Town Trust intend to let the ground floor, formerly Bury’s tourist information centre, for restaurant use.
Guide price: £475,000
Sheridans, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 700018