A historic hall on the edge of Tyneside has been put up for sale for £1.5m.
Walbottle Hall, a Grade-II listed building on the outskirts of Newcastle, has been put on the market by its current owner Norman Richardson.
The hall contains eight bedrooms, eight reception rooms, three bathrooms, a large collection of outbuildings, a walled garden and over an acre of land.
It is also rich in history, with previous owners including several Dukes of Northumberland, William Potter, grandfather of the industrialist Lord Armstrong, and the Spencer family, owners of the Newburn Iron Works.
More recently, the hall found itself used as the setting for an episode of ITV crime drama Wire in the Blood, starring Robson Green.
Estate agents Strutt and Parker said: “The current owners have sympathetically restored much of the original building, but there is still plenty of scope for new ideas to be incorporated.”
The east wing of the building, a part-stone, part-brick manor house, is believed to have been built in the 1700s, while the west wing, an adjoining stone-built castellated tower in the Scottish Baronial style, was added in 1897.
An elegant dining room leads on to a library whose oak parquet floor is reputed to have been salvaged from the SS Olympic, sister ship to the Titanic.
There is also a stained-glass window showing 19th century Prime Minister Lord Beaconsfield returning from Dover after signing the Treaty of Berlin, in which the great European powers divided up the countries of the Balkans following the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-8.
A neighbouring house could also be included in the sale, while agents Strutt and Parker say that the hall could be split into four separate properties.
The asking price has been set at £1.5m, a considerable step up from the £100 per annum that was being asked for in rent in 1900.