Ness Road, Shoeburyness

£850,000

Guide price

  • Bedrooms: 6
Home in Thorpe Bay are honoured to bring to the market with no onward chain this unique and character detached house steeped in military history with 3825 square feet of living spaces and sitting on approx 1/2 of an acre. Offering a vast amount of living space whilst retaining its original features and now the centrepiece of a low energy development of five ECO houses which frames its significance as part of the local community. R.E House is situated in a convenient location offering easy access to the gorgeous seafront with it's award winning blue flag beaches, major c2c rail links and the historic Shoeburyness Garrison. Guide Price £850,000-£900,000.

The accommodation comprises:- inner lobby, Grand entrance hall, guest w.c, main dining road, internal lobby area, pantry, original gun room, kitchen, ground floor shower room, separate w.c, separate utility/boot room, additional lobby area, separate office, main lounge and conservatory. To the first floor there is a galleried first floor landing, a Principle bedroom with dressing room and en suite bathroom, a further four double bedrooms, a family bathroom and a separate shower room.

Further benefits include:- a host of character features throughout this property steeped in history, a newly built garage, a workshop, two courtyard areas and a secluded and unoverlooked south facing rear garden.

RE House is very advantageously positioned on Ness Road, with good transport links. A bus stop is outside the property, and it is within a 10 minute walk to the railway station with links to London Fenchurch St (55mins). Local shops are close by as well as the beach and the country park. The area has historic links to the military use of the Ranges and was originally occupied by the Superintendent of Experiments in charge of the Firing Ranges.

Entrance

Original panelled front door leads to:-

Inner Lobby

10'6 x 5'4 (3.20m x 1.63m)

Smooth ceilings. Double glazed window to the front aspect. Power and light connected. Wood panelled door leads to:-

Grand Entrance Hallway

Stairs to first floor with under stairs storage. Solid wood Parquet flooring. Wood panelled door to:-

Office/Study/w.c

13'0 x 8'2 (3.96m x 2.49m)

Smooth ceiling with coving to ceiling edge with inset downlighters. Double glazed window to the rear aspect of the property. Ample power points. Ideal for home office purposes. Wood panelled door to:-

Guest w.c

13'0 x 8'2 (3.96m x 2.49m)

Double glazed window to the rear aspect. Classic tiled flooring. The suite comprises a dual flush w.c and a vanity sink unit with built in storage.

Formal Dining Room/Living Room

23'2 x 13'0 (7.06m x 3.96m)

High ceilings with coving to ceiling edge and two centre ceiling lights. Solid wood flooring throughout. Large double glazed sash window to the front aspect. Radiator. A stunning feature fireplace with built in log burner. Further radiator to the side aspect. Further sash window to the side aspect. Ample power points. Wood panelled original door to:-

Internal Lobby Area

Smooth ceilings. Original stone flooring. Doors to grand entrance hall, wood panelled doors lead to:-

Pantry

7'8 x 6'3 (2.34m x 1.91m)

Double glazed windows to the side of the property. Power and light connected. Ideal for food storage. Leading to:-

Original Gun Room

7'1 x 4'6 (2.16m x 1.37m)

The gun room has 18 thick walls and is lined with solid metal. This also doubles up as a fantastic food storage room.

Fitted Kitchen

18'0 x 11'10 (5.49m x 3.61m)

Incredibly high ceilings. The kitchen comprises a range of Shaker style top and base level units with solid granite work tops. Large double glazed sash windows to the side aspect. Butler sink. Space for a dishwasher and American style fridge freezer. Four ring and two hotplate Rangemaster with double oven and plate warmers. Log burner. Radiator. Ample power points. Wood panelled door to:-

Ground Floor Shower Room

8'6 x 7'10 (2.59m x 2.39m)

Obscure window to the rear aspect. Radiator. Tiled floors. The suite comprises a vanity sink unit with mixer tap, walk-in shower. Space for utility appliances if necessary.

Separate w.c

W.C. Tiled flooring. Obscure window to the rear aspect.

Separate Utility/Boot Room

9'11 x 9'11 (3.02m x 3.02m)

Smooth ceilings with lighting. Tiled surround and tiled flooring. Double sink. Space for a washing machine, tumble dryer, fridge and freezer. Modern white wall units for storage. Two separate double glazed sash windows to the rear aspect. Further double glazed sash window to the front aspect. This houses the boiler and leads to:-

Lobby Area

Smooth ceilings with lighting. Back door leading to the courtyard area. Staircase with understairs storage leading to:-

Office

12'11 x 8'11 (3.94m x 2.72m)

Skylight window. Sash window to the side aspect. Pedestal sink unit. Built in storage and ample power points.

Main Lounge

40' x 18'11 (into bay) (12.19m x 5.77m ( into bay))

Smooth high ceilings with stunning centre feature lights. Solid wood floors throughout. Double glazed window to the front aspect with built in shutters. Double glazed bay window overlooking the garden. Stunning arch currently being used as a study area with a window to the rear aspect. This rooms offers plenty of potential if you wanted to convert into two rooms. Ample power points. AV points. Stunning feature fireplace with tiled surround and base with built in storage. Doors to hallway and to the rear aspect. Double doors lead onto the conservatory.

Conservatory

13'6 x 13'1 (4.11m x 3.99m)

The conservatory was all made from one piece of wood. Apex ceiling with clear double glazed windows. French doors lead onto the patio area. Tiled flooring. Power and AV point.

Galleried First Floor Landing

26'10 x 8'1 (8.18m x 2.46m)

Incredibly smooth high ceilings with stunning ornate ceiling rose and centre light. Loft access. Two radiators. Double glazed sash window to the front aspect. Larger than average airing cupboard. Further storage cupboard. Storage cupboard under the first tier of the stairs. Storage above in second loft. Multiple radiators. Wood panelled doors to first floor accommodation.

Loft

The loft is partly boarded and has various different sections. It is believed at one point the loft was used as a set of classrooms. The first section has power and lighting. It is currently just used as storage but measures approximately 12'2 x 13'10 door leading to the second area which is partly boarded and also has power and measures 10' x 9'8.

Bedroom Three

14'2 x 11'4 (4.32m x 3.45m)

High ceilings with two courtesy lights. Radiator. Double glazed sash window to the side aspect Ample power points. Potential for built in storage.

Dual Aspect Bedroom Two

17'8 x 11'9 (5.38m x 3.58m)

Small staircase leading to this room. Windows to the side and rear aspect. Panelled ceiling with centre ceiling light. Loft access into a separate and smaller loft. Vanity unit with porcelain sink and mixer tap. Ample power points.

Primary Bathroom/w.c

8'1 x 7'6 (2.46m x 2.29m)

Panelled ceiling with spotlights. The suite comprises a pedestal style sink unit, dual flush w.c, free standing bath with claw feet with classic style taps and a large enclosed double shower with a wall mounted shower with spray jets further hand held shower and tiled surround. . Double glazed sash window to the rear aspect. Wall mounted heated towel rail.

Separate w.c

High ceilings. Obscure double glazed window to the rear aspect. The suite comprises a w.c and sink unit with half tiled surround.

Bedroom One

12'10 x 16'0 (3.91m x 4.88m)

Floor to ceiling built in storage. Double glazed sash windows overlooking the south facing rear garden. Ample power points. AV points. Wood panelled door to:-

Dressing Room

9'4 x 3'5 (2.84m x 1.04m)

Wood effect flooring. Floor to ceiling built in storage. Double glazed windows overlooking the garden to the rear. Ample power points. Open archway leads to:

En Suite Bathroom/w.c

9'5 x 10'5 > (2.87m x 3.18m >)

Quality wooden flooring. The four piece suite comprises a classic style pedestal sink unit, dual flush w.c, panelled bath with half tiled surround and walk-in shower with mixer taps. Wall mounted storage unit with lighting. Extractor fan. Radiator.

Dual Aspect Bedroom Four

15'10 x 13'0 (4.83m x 3.96m)

Panelled ceilings with two centre ceiling lights. Double glazed sash windows to the front and side aspects. Built in storage. Ample power points. Potential for further built in storage.

Separate Shower Room

4' x 3'4 (1.22m x 1.02m)

Newly fitted suite comprising a walk-in electric shower and wall mounted porcelain sink. Fully tiled surround with tiling to floor area. Power points. Double glazed window to the side aspect.

Bedroom Five

11'11 x 14'3 (3.63m x 4.34m)

High ceilings with spotlights. Wood effect flooring. Double glazed sash windows to the side aspect. Radiator. Built in storage. Ample power points.

Frontage

Independent driveway with parking for approximately 10 cars. There is an external newly built detached garage. Side access to both flanks. Double doors lead to the side of the property which also provides parking for a further two cars. The property has a walled surround with mature trees to the front offering plenty of privacy. To the front there is also a Mark 8 Whitehead Torpedo (to remain) and flagpole. To the side of the front drive there is a storage shed with two storage cupboards. There is an outside electric charging point for electric cars.

Garage

19'8 x 12'6 (approx) (5.99m x 3.81m ( appro x ))

The newly built garage has an apexed ceiling with potential for rafters to create loft storage. Brand new double doors with locking mechanism

Courtyard Area

Walled surround with wood storage. Separate outside w.c. Parking for two. Further outbuilding with power, windows and a log burner ideal for an office/workshop.

Workshop

10'4 x 13'0 (3.15m x 3.96m)

Rear Courtyard Area

The courtyard has access via a pathway to the pond. Access to the separate rear garden. Double doors to the front of the property.

Garden

The south facing garden measures some 70 feet wide by 45 feet deep with mature trees to boundaries. External lighting. Lovely features and unoverlooked.

Agents Note

The front of the property is going to be redone with a new brick wall across.

The vendor tells us that when they purchased the property it was sold with a cellar which is yet to be found!

The property has access to the pond which is stated in the original deeds and it is rumoured that Sir Winston Churchill actually visited R E House on a number of occasions to visit the resident General.

Brief History

During the French Wars ending in 1815 with the Battle of Waterloo, Shoeburyness was an important testing and proving ranges for weaponry. Congrieve's Rockets and Shrapnel's exploding shells were tested and developed here and at Woolwich Arsenal, and weapons were brought by two barges, named Gog and Magog, from Woolwich each summer for testing. The Old Ranges were the site of the current Gunners Park.

This was so successful that the first School of Gunnery was established at Shoeburyness and in the 1840's a permanent presence was developed. In 1862, the Ministry for War purchased the land and permanent barracks were built.

There were two distinct elements to the occupiers. The Garrison housed serving troops, while the Superintendent of Experiments had separate quarters. This part later became the Proof and Experimental division, separate from the school of Gunnery, and comprising mainly scientists. The P&E was notable for is extensive employment of women scientists at a time when such opportunities were rare.

In 1862 housing was built for the Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent. The house now known as 135 Ness Road then named CRE Quarters was built in this period. There were a number of senior figures occupying the post and during this period significant spending on defence resulted in expansion of the operations and the area was increased in importance. Palmerston's Forts were built during this period. Shoeburyness expanded greatly and the railway was extended to the town. A War Dogs training centre was established.

CRE Quarters were extended in the 1870's, 1890's and 1930's and at some stage the name changed to RE House. The house is referred to in the various histories of the Army in Shoeburyness, and the current Ministry of Defence records and legal division in Somerset has full plans and details. Some are reproduced here.

In 1885 the Assistant Superintendent of Experiments, Captain Goold-Adams, living at RE House, was killed when a breech loading gun exploded. Six persons were killed..

History continued......

......some buried in St Andrews churchyard opposite. Queen Victoria sent condolences to the bereaved.

During the Great War the Experimental work carried out on site was important and a succession of senior officers occupied RE House. The most famous occupant of the house was Brigadier Lickman. He and his family were posted to Shoebury as part of Britain's build up to the Second World War, and they lived here between the mid 1930's and 1948. Brigadier Lickman is listed as one of the most influential Generals of the war, being in charge of all ordnance in the UK.

During this period, Mr Churchill was a frequent visitor to the Ranges and there are many pictures of him with Brigadier Lickman. It is possible Mr Churchill visited RE House during this period.

Brigadier Lickman's son, nephew and Grandson visited us a few years ago and confirmed the residency.

In 1971 the House was passed to the Royal Navy who commissioned it as a shore station , named HMS Essex, know colloquially as a Stone Frigate. During the Falklands War of 1982 the Royal Navy Reserve set up a radio listening station in the house, collecting messages from the conflict.

In 1996 the house was sold to us for a private dwelling. We have raised our four children here, but it is now time for another family to enjoy the space and history of the House.

It is now the centrepiece of a low energy development of five eco houses for our family and friends, which frames its significance as part of the local community.

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