Have you ever wanted to own your own cottage in the UK? Now is your opportunity. Mutton’s Castle will be auctioned next week to the highest bidder. The opening bid is only 1 pound.
High Heath High Heath Cottage is a house made of stone in Sutton Coldfield UK known as Mutton’s Castle. John Harman built it in the 1530s to house his servants. He later became Bishop Vesey.
High Heath Cottage was the smallest of the 50 cottages built. A stone spiral staircase connects its three stories. Each of the upper stories consist of only one room with two rooms on the lowest level. Thankfully, each floor is heated by its own fireplace.
The chief executive at auctioneers Bond Wolfe, Gurpreet Bassi, says the low opening bid is due to the substantial investment necessary to return Mutton Castle to its original state.
Mutton Castle appears to be a mini watch tower. It looks out on a lonely stretch of old coach road where highway men could lurk.
The cottage became part of the Moor Hall Estate by the 19th century. At that time there were three additional cottages adjoining it that were occupied by farm laborers in 1851. However, these other cottages deteriorated to the point that High Heath Cottage is the only one remaining.
According to local legend Mutton Castle received its name because a man who stole a sheep barricaded himself in the cottage. The standoff lasted a long time as the thief didn’t want to be hung for this offense. Thus the name Mutton Castle.
The live auction for this historic building will be held on December 14.
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