There is a house for sale in Peterborough, England, which I suppose you could class as old as it was built-in 1333. Although it only boasts 1.5 acres of gardens it does come with history attached, dating back to the English Civil War and the puritan Oliver CromwellThe political leader, bottom left, frequently visited Northborough Manor, pictured front and back, to see his favourite daughter Elizabeth and her husband John Claypole who first moved into the property after the English Civil War which ended in 1651. It is thought that William de Eyton, the Master Mason and Architect of Litchfield Cathedral, built the Manor. Over the next 200 years, it was passed between owners before it was bought by James Claypole in 1572. Claypole extended the Gatehouse for his staff and built the Dovecots. He also built a tomb in the local church before his death in 1599. It was his great-grandson, also called John, that married Elizabeth Cromwell during the Civil War in 1646. After the war, which ended in 1651, Elizabeth and John moved to Northborough to live with the Claypoles. Cromwell visited the couple regularly there – spending one Christmas at the Manor as he and John’s father were old friends.One of the rooms is now called ‘Cromwell’s Closet’ – a room over the south porch – as he slept in the room while visiting. After Oliver died in 1658, his widow – also called Elizabeth – moved to live at the Manor. She is thought to have died in 1665 in ‘Cromwell’s Closet.’ John Claypole’s brothers Edward, James and Norton emigrated and played a role in the early settlement of the state of Pennsylvania. The link to Northborough was recognised officially by the Governor of the State in 1975 when the State flag was presented to be flown at the Manor. One of the Claypole brother’s descendents was a friend of George Washington. He is thought to have printed the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the Unites States and Washington’s Farewell Address to the American People. John Claypole sold the Manor before his death in 1688. Home fit for a man who felled a King: Manor house Oliver Cromwell stayed at regularly in the aftermath of the Civil War goes up for sale for £1.8million
Although I am a history buff, I’m not much of a gardener; I would much prefer to have 1.5 acres of open grassland, as opposed to an English country garden to maintain. For that reason alone, I will pass on this one. I suspect there will be a certain ‘Sgt Maj’ with an interest in those swords displayed on the wall, which are originals dating back to the Civil War. I’ll give you a clue, he is not from this side of the pond… Yours Aye.