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Grade II-listed farmhouse – once home to an English nobleman convicted of plotting the assassination of Elizabeth I – is up for sale

Dethick Manor was once home to Anthony Babington.

Dethick Manor was once home to Anthony Babington, an English nobleman convicted of plotting the assassination of Elizabeth I of England and conspiring with the imprisoned Mary, Queen of Scots.

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Anthony Babington

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The 'Babington Plot' and Mary's involvement in it were the basis of the treason charges against her which led to her execution.

This historic Grade II-listed farmhouse dates back to 1403, and features seven bedrooms.

Elizabeth I

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The grounds are set in just under an acre of matured walled gardens. It is being sold with a range of outbuildings and paddocks, the whole extending to approximately 3.5 acres.

Manor Farm has never before been offered on the open market.

Elizabeth I

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It occupies a magnificent setting, with breath-taking views, high above the Derwent Valley.

Elizabeth I

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In 1586, Anthony Babington's failed plot to rescue Mary Queen of Scots and murder Elizabeth I resulted in both of them being executed for treason.

Elizabeth I

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The remains of the original kitchen dating back to pre 1403 are now incorporated into the farmhouse. The house as it stands now was constructed by the Hallows family in 1670 and has been sympathetically restored and retained.

Anthony Babington

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The house attracts worldwide interest because of the link between Anthony Babington and Mary Queen of Scots and the classic story written by Alison Uttley – ‘A traveller in Time’ based on Manor Farm and the young Anthony Babington, which has been serialised by the BBC.

Elizabeth I

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Manor Farm is available via Zoopla. You can view the property here.

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