There is an opportunity to buy a piece of history in Henley-in-Arden that puts the land in landmark.
The Mount, the site of the former Beaudesert Castle, is up for auction through John Earle & Son on September 23.
This natural high point was probably created during the Ice Age. The value of its position, offering extensive views of the then wild Forest of Arden, meant that it was occupied in pre Norman times by local British tribes, the Romans and the Saxons.
Beaudesert Castle was built by Thurstain de Montfort in around 1119 and was said to have been completed by 1140. It is understood that in 1141 Empress Matilda granted Beaudesert a Charter to hold a market or fair in the castle. Remains of its fish and stew ponds survive and the whole area abounds with history.
The de Montfort family held the manor into the 14th century and then it passed into the Beauchamp family with the two manors of Henley-in-Arden and Beaudesert combined and passed to the Boteler family.
In January 1324, King Edward II visited for six days. In 1477 King Edward IV actually purchased it. Seventy years later it was falling into ruin. When the famous local historian Sir William Dugdale surveyed the county in 1656 most traces of it had disappeared.
In September 2001, television’s Time Team undertook a number of excavations, finding stone foundations for what was probably a substantial building.
Purchasers of The Mount have scope for a number of uses (subject to S.A.M. restrictions) – for recreation, interpretation or they can just have the pleasure of owning a piece of English history that has possibly been occupied for some 2,000 years.
The Mount is part of a 140 acre plot which also includes areas of recently planted woodland, pastureland and rough grazing.
There are three routes to it including one from Beaudesert Lane where gated access to the south east of St Nicholas’ church leads directly on to the historic Mount.
Guide price: £550,000. For more information about the auction contact agents John Earle on 01564 794343.