Lancashire Properties - Carr House, Bretherton, Lancashire, PR26 9AR

PUBLISHED: 21:58 02 July 2012 | UPDATED: 21:35 20 February 2013

Lancashire Properties - Carr House, Bretherton, Lancashire, PR26 9AR

Lancashire Properties - Carr House, Bretherton, Lancashire, PR26 9AR

A rare chance to own the 17th century home where the father of British astronomy Jeremiah Horrocks made his greatest discovery.

Where: Carr House, Bretherton, Lancashire, PR26 9AR

What: A Grade II* Jacobean house, originally built in 1613 by local merchants Thomas and Andrew Stone, who also gifted St Michaels Church to the people of the local villages in 1628.

The house is of great historical significance, especially to astronomers, and especially this year, as it was from here that Jeremiah Horrocks, who is now considered by many to be the father of British astronomy, made his observation of the Transit of Venus on the 24th of November 1639 while living in the house as a tutor to the children of the Stone family.

He is remembered today on a plaque in Westminster Abbey and a marble table and stained glass windows commemorating him were installed in the Parish Church of St Michael, Much Hoole, in 1859. The Jeremiah Horrocks Institute for Astrophysics and Supercomputing was established in 1993 at the University of Central Lancashire.

The house is set over three floors and constructed of rustic hand made bricks with a blue-brick diaper pattern and mullioned windows and a blue slate roof with wings on either side of a central porch. The property provides well proportioned living space internally and around two acres of delightful mature gardens, woodland and orchard. The house retains a wealth of features, including mullioned windows and a very rare cage newel staircase.The property also benefits from a detached double garage and a detached gym with sauna and shower room.

The most recent Transit of Venus was in June and will not be seen again for another 100 years.

Inside: The accommodation which extends over three floors consists of entrance porch with dated inscription of 1613 on the overhead lintel, drawing room with flagged floor and feature stone fireplace, dining room with oak panelling, wine cellar, dining kitchen with a two-oven Aga, utility room and downstairs w/c. Extending over the first and second floors there are 4/5 bedrooms, two bathrooms and a large study-cum-sitting room.

Outside: There is a box hedge garden to the front of the property and mature gardens, orchard and woodland to the rear.

Price: Offers in the region of 975,000

Contact: Elizabeth Hall Country Houses Bureau.Telephone 01200 440988 Email:

The print version of this article appeared in the July 2012 issue of Lancashire Life
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