I hope that Mr. Kelley continues to be kept on as steward when the estate is bought. To do all that work without remuneration--he must really love the old place.
Wow! Just read the article ... I second Mermaid's thoughts!
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Devonshire/Fife House (Brighton) Taken Over By Squatters
Gorgeous Regency house, so it seems from the pictures.
The £1.75m freeloaders: Squatters take over King Edward VII's Brighton mansion
A band of squatters has taken over the country's finest Regency home, complete with a 'king's loo' fitted for visits by Edward VII.
Neighbours fear the Grade I-listed property worth £1.75million, in Brighton, East Sussex, will be damaged by the intruders who moved in over the weekend.
The five-storey home, which has six bedrooms and was recently restored, has been taken over by up to 12 squatters who are refusing to leave.
I know this is a stupid question but since the house has a history behind it, do they not have some kind of "Historical Society" that takes care of these houses and offers some kind of security for the premises? I know that it is privately owned, but you would think some kind of security would be provided for something that is so beatuiful and has a large part of that country's history!
Or maybe because England is so rich in history and royalty, people just don't think about preserving it?
This is the 2nd story I have read about squatters taking over a house like this.
I tried to read a bit about squatters rights and adverse possession in the UK, but came away even more confused. There are evidently some rights of immediate occupancy that become a civil matter for eviction, but if squatters remain for 12 years, they can gain ownership. I can't see that happening here.
"Me, your Highness? On the whole, I wish I'd stayed in Tunbridge Wells"
I don't understand the Brighton mansion issue. Don't the British recognize trespass laws?? Yes, I know about squatting, but in the States the trespassors have to stay for a number of years before they acquire "adverse possession".
17 Bruton street was built in 1740 by Isaac Ware. It was noted for an impressive Palladian front and a rich interior. There was a vaulted entrance hall, a fine salon, as well some very pretty ceilings.
The house was later acquired by the Bowes-Lyon family. As the Earl's of Strathmore it was one of several properties at their use. The London season was spent at 17 Bruton street, late summer/fall at Glamis castle in Scotland, spring at St.Paul's Walden Bury.
Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon left 17 Bruton street to marry the Duke of York on April 26, 1923. Their first child, Princess Elizabeth was born in this house April 1926.
The house was demolished in 1937.
145 Piccadilly was the first home for the Duke and Duchess of York and their daughters Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret. The Duke and Duchess restored the house to make it a very comfortable home. It was furnished with late-18th-century furniture.
This fine house was destroyed in the war.