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Manor house once owned by Mary Shelley’s rich uncle-in-law is up for sale for £2.25m


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The luxurious manor house once owned by Mary Shelley’s rich uncle-in-law – who was said to have helped fund her lifestyle in a time when women couldn’t work for a living – is on sale.

For just £2.25million, this all could be yours.

Marshalls Manor is located in the heart of Mid Sussex, UK.

It’s a Grade II listed property with six bedrooms, a kitchen, dining room, drawing room, reception room, cloakroom, study/garden room, conservatory, basement and cellar to its name

The outbuildings include a stable cottage with its own bedroom, bathroom, sitting room and kitchen as well as garage space for five cars with room for a home office or studio above.

The 17th century manor was once home to Royal Navy officer Captain John Pilfold.

The back of the property (Picture: Mediadrumimages/JacksonStops)
The living room (Picture: Mediadrumimages/JacksonStops)

He is known for commanding the ship HMS Ajax under Horatio Nelson’s division at the battle of Trafalgar when he was just a lieutenant.

Captain Pilfold’s nephew was the English romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, who visited the property frequently to see his uncle.

Pilfold helped fund Shelley’s lifestyle after he retired from the navy in 1815.

Mr Shelley, who is best-remembered work for the sonnet ‘Ozymandias,’ married author Mary Shelley, who is best-known for her novel Frankenstein.

It’s likely that Mary Shelley visited Pilfold’s manor often too.

One of the bedrooms (Picture: Mediadrumimages/JacksonStops)
The kitchen area (Picture: Mediadrumimages/JacksonStops)

The property, which has living accommodation that spans over 5,000 sq. ft, is on the market for the first time in 40 years with Jackson-Stops.

‘Marshalls Manor a Grade II property is one of the prominent houses in Cuckfield, located on the High Street with far reaching views,’ the listing said.

‘It was once the home of Captain John Pilfold, commander of HMS Ajax under Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar.

‘More recently for over one-hundred-and-thirty years, it was the home and surgery of the local Doctors. Marshalls Manor has been extended and well maintained by the current owners.

‘The South West facing garden is particularly large for a high street property. The garden is laid to lawn with a feature pond, well established herbaceous borders, and a large vegetable garden.

‘There is a gate in the rear wall of the garden offering direct access to Cuckfield recreation ground, with a playground and tennis courts, to New England Wood and open countryside beyond.’

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