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Pottergate, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2

££850,000 Guide

3 Bedroom Detached House For Sale

Originally part of a substantial mansion, the property forms the last remaining portion still standing. The mansion was purchased by world renowned 19th Century opera singer Jenny Lind and converted in the 1850s into the Jenny Lind Infirmary for Sick Children. This was only the second children's hospital outside of Great Ormond Street in London making Norwich incredibly important for the healthcare of children. The vendors even have an old image of opera singer Dame Emma Albani presenting gifts to the children in what is now the drawing room of the property.

The vendors have loved living in the property and being enveloped by the character and history of the Grade II Listed building. There are outstanding features throughout the house including the Dutch gable end and the striking barrel vaulted basement. The location is also incredibly convenient, allowing the owners to become immersed in everything city life has to offer, from the artisan 'village area' of Upper St Giles to the renowned market in the city centre.

The ceiling heights are excellent and the vendor loves playing the piano in the triple aspect drawing room which is flooded with light. The basement is a habitable space and has been used for a variety of purposes during the building's illustrious past, including a nightclub. Today, it's a calmer area for yoga and pilates.

There are three good double bedrooms all with city roofscape views. An attached garage is a great addition with parking being at a premium in the city. The vendors have adapted the space internally to form a studio but it is still classified as a garage and could be easily reinstated. Tucked at the back of the property is an enclosed courtyard garden which is delightful for coffee and alfresco dining.

NORWICH This ancient city has been home to writers, radicals and fiercely independent spirits for over a thousand years, and today continues in its legacy as an enclave of culture and creativity. It's perfectly preserved medieval streets are home to a thriving community of small businesses, a vibrant food scene and an established arts culture. It is also a gateway to a county that continues to inspire people with its unspoilt landscapes, open spaces and big skies.

Named as one of the best places to live in 2021, Norwich lies approximately 20 miles from the coast at the confluence of the River Yare and the River Wensum, the latter still bending its way through the heart of the city. In the 11th Century, Norwich was the second largest city in the country, and today is still the UK's most complete medieval city. Strolling through the historic cobbled streets of Elm Hill, whatever the season, the Tudor architecture retains its character and beauty. Laced with merchant's houses, thatching, individual homes, speciality shops and small cafes, you'll be led toward the 1,000-year-old Norwich Cathedral.
To the north of the city the University of East Anglia is a remarkable example of brutalist architecture, and the campus is also home to the Sainsbury centre, a permanent collection of modern and ethnographic art, gifted by the Sainsbury family.

Property types in Norwich are incredibly diverse, from city-centre Victorian properties, converted mills and barns, townhouses and luxury new-builds. Central to the city, Newmarket Road is noted for it's selection of grand houses, and the 'Golden Triangle' neighbourhood is a favourite with families. There are also an array of beautiful rural villages within a short drive, notably Stoke Holy Cross to the south, Surlingham to the east, or Bawburgh to the west, where larger rural properties and small estates are often brought to market.

When the bright lights call, trains to Liverpool Street take just 90 minutes, and the city's airport flies to a number of UK destinations, as well as direct to Amsterdam.

This is a city that reveals itself the longer you stay - a city to fall in love with - a city to be a part of.

SERVICES CONNECTED Mains electricity, water and drainage. Gas fired central heating.


ENERGY EFFICIENCY RATING An Energy Performance Certificate is not required for this property due to it being Grade II listed.

TENURE Freehold.

AGENT'S NOTE The borders to the immediate front and side of the house are not owned by the property but the vendors have adopted responsibility for maintenance during their time in the property.

The garage has been adapted internally to form a studio but it is still classified as a garage and could easily be reinstated to form parking.

The vendor has informed us that they have an historic right to park within the curtilage of the original Jenny Lind hospital near to the property, where there is currently a car park in which they use two spaces free of charge. In addition they have two on-road parking permits for the St Giles area: one 24 hour one for themselves and one four hour stay for visitors. Any buyer is advised to make their own enquiries as to whether these are transferrable.


Tenure: Freehold




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Old Bank of England Court
Queen Street
Norwich, Norfolk

01603 761441

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