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Unique Property Bulletin – Latest Addition: 7th December 2018

Timber Framed Tudor House

82 Church Street, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, GL20 5RX

Guide: £175,000

82 Church Street, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, GL20 5RX

For sale is a Grade II* Listed, 3 Storey town house with 3 bedrooms; kitchen/breakfast room; lounge; covered courtyard/workshop; upstairs bathroom. 

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Here at Unique Property Bulletin we are trying to get our head around the age of this impressive piece of history. The people who built 82 Church Street would have been paid in groats (old 4d).

The original inhabitants would have known a far different world.

King Henry VIII Was on The Throne When 82 Church Street Was New

The Monarch at the time these beams were erected was likely to be King Henry VII though for sure, King Henry VIII had started ye olde conveyor belte of wivees and would have been an absolute power in the land (with his slice-and-dice divorce court), when the first occupants of this building moved in.

82 Church Street: The Living Room. If Walls Could Talk What Might Be Heard?

This building has genuine character, and it certainly goes back over 400 years. No power tools or labour saving devices from B&Q back in those days. Exquisite hand crafted wood. It say a great deal when your realise the crafts people who built this would have been born around 1480 and worked these materials from oak trees to carved beams – by hand…

82 Church Street, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, GL20 5RX

I wonder if the builders of this property knew their work would still be going strong 420 years later. If they were lucky, at the end of this construction project, there would have been a slap-up Tudor feast…

Tudor Society In The Ruff

82 Church Street, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, GL20 5RX

This Tudor house has been preserved and is listed (here), but fortunately also has modern facilities and will make a fascinating home for our readers who seek something a bit special in the Cheltenham and Gloucestershire area. 

82 Church Street, Tewkesbury. One of Three Bedrooms

There is further historical detail here.

82 Church Street: Interesting Workshop Area

Historic Town Views From 82 Church Street

Indeed, if you love Tudor buildings and historical places, Tewkesbury is listed building central…

Tewkesbury Historic Buildings’ Map

© Crown Copyright and database right 2018. All rights reserved. Ordnance Survey Licence 100024900.

You can go interactive by typing “Tewkesbury” into the listed buildings database: Click Here.


The floorplan of 82 Church Street gives you an idea of the accommodation you would be buying…

82 Church Street, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, GL20 5RX.

The location of 82 Church Street Tewkesbury is here..

For further details of this 3 storey, 3 bedroom Tudor house…

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Or telephone Engall Castle Estate Agents – Tom Beckley: 01698 293246

Unique Property Bulletin is a not for profit website run by volunteers. Please help us to help you: mention that you found this property via our website if/when you speak with the estate agent and owners. Many thanks.


Unique Property Bulletin – Earlier Addition: 3rd December 2018


Falcon’s Nest, United States of America.

Tune in for more details.

Channel 4 Television. First Episode: Wednesday 5th December 2018 at 9PM

UK Terrestrial Television For First Run.


Unique Property Bulletin – Earlier Addition: 27th November 2018.

A Genuine Grand Designs Castle For Sale

Miniature Castle – Dinton Folly, Buckinghamshire, HP17 8TX

Dinton Castle, Oxford Road, Dinton, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP17 8TX

We love these Grand Designs television programme buildings so much that five years ago Unique Property Bulletin established a dedicated…

Grand Designs For Sale Website

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Given the longevity of this property programme, there evidently is something special in how Kevin McCloud’s team work alongside the owners. Often taking over several years to film and condense all that hard work into 46 minutes of unique property televisual bliss.

As of today, 27th November 2018 there have been 198 episodes of this iconic tv series.

Next year, on 29th April 2019 it will be the 20 years anniversary of this popular and enduring television programmne. First first broadcast in 1999. We hope to mark that special date in due course.

Another Grand Designs Mentored Project Completed. Now This Building Is For Sale

Not every building has made it to air. The “Rocket House” was a challenge that the Grand Design researchers asked Unique Property Bulletin to help with. The strain on the couple building that rocket thing was so much it ended up landing in a bad place! Tens of thousands of pounds worth of film in the can and the couple really weren’t talking to each other. However, we digress. This Bulletin is good news…

The most recent offering we present to you for sale is this fabulous, diminutive castle folly in Buckinghamshire. Unlike the Rocket House, Dinton Castle Folly has a very happy family.

They should be smiling as the work dedicated to this old ruin has produced a fabulous new home.

Dinton Castle Folly – Ruinous Condition – Before The Design Became Grand

Forty six minutes later (in television Tardis time)…

Dinton Castle Folly – Now Fully Renovated – In 2018

Would you like to look inside this Grand Design?

Fancy finding out the guide price?

On behalf of the owners, may we invite you in for a look…

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Unique Property Bulletin – Earlier Addition: 20th November 2018.

Slapton Lock Keeper’s Cottage

Price Guide: £650,000.

Buckinghamshire, LU7 9DB

Maybe try an offer?

Lock Keeper’s Cottage, Slapton, Leighton Buzzard, Buckinghamshire, LU7 9DB

This interesting 3 bedroom, detached former lock keeper’s cottage has been for sale for over four months and is still available. If we were in buying mode just now, a bid for £595,000 would possibly be worth testing the water with. Twenty years house price inflation and the location will bring this house up to the current guide, but there may well be wriggle room from the current sellers…


1999 Purchase Price of This Lock Keeper’s Cottage. Room For Manoeuvre?

Price information courtesy of HM Land Registry & Rightmove

You might get slapton down by the seller, but we reckon a reasonable opening bid would be £595,000.

Lock Keeper’s Cottage. Unusual Two Storey Plus Mezzanine Layout

Here at Unique Property Bulletin, we love it when an estate agent recommends a seller includes a guide floorplan in the details. It really helps with the visualisation of the interior (click here)…

Slapton Lock Keeper’s Cottage. Unusual Two Storey Plus Mezzanine Layout

Please Do Not Scale

Contemporary interior with clean lines and in beautiful condition…

Lock Keeper’s Cottage, Slapton, Leighton Buzzard, Buckinghamshire, LU7 9DB

The kitchen is a delight…

Lock Keeper’s Cottage, Slapton, Leighton Buzzard, Buckinghamshire, LU7 9DB

The bedrooms are fresh and ready to snuggle up in…

Lock Keeper’s Cottage, Slapton, Leighton Buzzard, Buckinghamshire, LU7 9DB

The location in this part of Britain also means you will be paying a handsome price…

Location of Lock Keeper’s Cottage – Buckinghamshire, LU7 9DB

Map Courtesy of Google Inc

There is a substantial piece of land with this lock-side property and a reasonably definitive plan diagram is included in the estate agency details. The extent of the grounds can be seen here too…

Lock Keeper’s Cottage, Slapton, Leighton Buzzard, Buckinghamshire, LU7 9DB

For further details…

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Unique Property Bulletin – Earlier Addition: 12th November 2018.

Colne Water Towers Essex

The Estate Agent Says: £1,600,000.

How About: £375,000 For The Small Tower and…

£975,000 For The High Tower?

This is our suggestion – please don’t worry the estate agent with a confused offer. Read on….

Maybe our analysis and logic will help save you £250,000 and secure the sellers an early sale, rather than several failed efforts each time a bank ends up saying ‘no’ to a prospective buyer. 

Low & High Towers, Colne Road, Halstead, Essex CO9 2HU

Here at Unique Property Bulletin, we have no skin in this Halstead game as far as these converted Victorian water towers are concerned. We are happy to write an editorial to help this listing – but in the process, we might go a tad off-message. Though the aim is sure: to help buyers get to a position where all parties are happy, including the seller.

The High Tower, Colne Road, Halstead, Essex CO9 2HU

Over the years, many of our readers with a perennial problem of leaky-wallet-syndrome or who suffer from too-many-bills-itis have yearned for properties just beyond their financial reach. In other words, there is not enough money in the budget for what the eyes have seen and wee property searching paws have clicked onto – in the wonderful internet chocolate box of goodies. As you look for that ideal next home (within your budget) it can be frustrating to look at what often is just out of financial reach.

So how about £375,000 and/or £975,000 as numbers to work with? Less overwhelming than £1,600,000?

We love a little lateral thinking and might be able to cure your towering headache if this Halstead property catches your fancy.

Water Tower Interior. We Love It.

Looking at these two absolutely unique properties that currently form one single purchase at Halstead in Essex, we cannot help but see a way to make this amazing property more affordable. Just have a closer inspection of the layout plans for the TWO separate towers…


Water Tower Plans: Floors 1 and 2 – The High Tower At Halstead

Water Tower Plans: Floors 3 and 4 – The High Tower At Halstead

Water Tower Plans: Penthouse Floor 5 – The High Tower At Halstead

It is only when you drill down into the detail of the ample accommodation provided in these two separate towers does the realisation of what a thoughtful financing structure can do for you. Many folk will automatically swipe left and leave upon seeing the headline £1,600,000.

But what if you take a second look and see £375,000 as the first number? Does that mean you might swipe right? 

Water Tower Plans. The Small Tower At Halstead

Plus The Garage – A Useful Nearby Annexe To The Small Tower?

So how about an imaginative solution to bring the £1,600,000 down below the million mark? Say £975,000 for the main high tower house?

Two ways to help make this happen.

Either slice off the second tower for mother-in-law (gran can add £375,000 from downsizing the old family which many folk eventually find a burden).

Or alternatively, place the small tower house into a separate pension pot. You will need the added ingredients of a decent pension adviser and possibly a buy-to-let mortgage broker for that tasty tower option.

The Short Water Tower, Colne Road, Halstead.

It might be feasible to join the garage for a kitchen/diner (subject to planning permission)

Were this within a few miles of our Unique Property Bulletin HQ., we would be putting in a bid at £1,350,000 to see what the seller had to say. At this level, the current owners would receive a decent uplift from their 2008 purchase price of £572,500 and the buyer – possibly your family saves £250,000 – current £1,600,000 price is reduced a little (in relative terms). We have seen so many of these buildings get “stuck” at a high number and then end up shaving slice after slice – having lost out on serious buyers at the initial sale launch. A thoughtful negotiation could and should help get buyer and seller together at say £1,350,000 to £1,400,000.

The headline High Tower becomes viable for many, many more buyers if that building were available at £975,000.

High Tower Kitchen

High Tower Lounge

High Tower Bathroom (2008 Photo – Research Archive Here)

High Tower Ground Floor (2008 Photo – Research Archive Here)

High Tower Balcony

So our suggested £975,000 plus £375,000 dual-way, title-split purchase would give the sellers an opening bid of £1,350,000. Respectable, especially given the fact that mortgages are still difficult to raise even after all these years since the banking crisis. In fact, doubly difficult to raise a mortgage on the two towers because they are non-standard and there are two houses, not one, which can present problems and reduce the size of the mortgage/lender pool even further.

Unique Property Bulletin is just sketching out a way to help make this two-tower property affordable for one (or two) of our readers.

But we can and would be happy to liaise with buyers who just want to buy one of the two towers…

Just text “Clone Towers” to 0793 557 2803

This is the help-line for ourselves at Unique Property Bulletin, and we will do our best to assist. Please note we are NOT the estate agency. Although we have helped to make purchases like this one happen. Where two buyers seek a part of a larger lot but are unable to find the other buyer in this style of jigsaw. We may be able to assist such a dual property split purchase.

One Gateway Leading To Two Homes?

So you could end up with buying just one of the two towers with a bit of help. Or the most likely outcome in this scenario is to grab your granny and have her join the family as a near neighbour. 

It may also be possible to take control of your pension pot and put it into the annexe, or utilise a buy-to-let mortgage for the spare tower and rent it out. Planning might be an issue, but hey, you may need to work at this a bit in order to reach the ultimate goal of owning this remarkable property.

Water Towers – Archive Price From 2008. Attribution HM Land Registry & Rightmove

Probably the best solution is to keep it in the family. Have Grandpa and/or Grandma join in. Even go ultra modern and move your 33-year-old son/daughter out of the main house as more and more adult kids are sticking to Mum and Dad like super-glue never leave the home sprogs.

Your granny will need to be fit for the annexe stairs, but with modern metal hips being a marvel of technology, a first-floor property for a family member is something many folk could work towards.

Especially as the two towers are completely separate. You have the nearest and dearest close by, but not overly near.

Last but not least, one of the wonders of Rightmove is the facility they offer to study archived photographs. There is an excellent set for the Colne Tower Houses dating back 10 years…

Click Here To Study The 10 Year Old Photo Archive.

We love the fact you can see many photographs of this house from way back when.

The new owners have certainly brought some amazing style to the place and look to have enjoyed this wonderful property. Seriously, if they were nearer to us, we would be having a negotiation on the price right now. If these were worth £572,500 ten years ago and the capital value has tripled in that decade, including the worst recession in living memory, then what will be the towers’ value in 2028? Around £4,500,000? No guarantees, but as Lex Luthor the well-known property guru says: “People will always need somewhere to live”. Okay, he was an evil genius who fought Christopher Reeve and lived in an underground subway, but the principle is sound.

The location is also important and Halstead in Essex is within a reasonable commute distance of London…

Water Tower, Colne Road, Halstead, Essex CO9 2HU

Map Attribution: Google Inc

Hopefully, we have narrated a way to acquire a £1,600,000 property that is genuinely unique for £975,000 – and park the annexe in a separate financial pot at £375,000. If you do end up buying this Essex property, please let us know? We have a television company keen to film how you get on!

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For Further Details of the Essex Round Water Tower Home Conversions.

Please note, the £1,350,000 opening gambit is only our opinion. Please don’t text us and moan if the estate agent turns puce colour and says bu66er off!


Unique Property Bulletin – Earlier Addition: 10th November 2018.

Unique Property Folk Needed

Claire from the latest television programme format just telephoned. Had a lovely chat. She then sent over this flyer…

Have we any eccentric property dwellers who are game to join in?

Do you fancy giving this a go?

Then please consider contacting 12 Yard Television production team.


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