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The distinguished history of Stockton House can be traced all the way back to the late 9th century – around the time of the Danish invasion – when the Manor was surrendered by the Ealdorman Wulfhere, after his betrayal of the King. King Edward the Elder granted the land to Athelwulf in 901 and by 947 it was being utilised to clothe the Canons of the Winchester Minster.
The Grade I listed central house, as it is seen today, was completed in 1605 by John Topp, who subsequently bequeathed Stockton House to his heirs where it remained in the Topp family until 1772. Accurate documentation holds records of each sale and grant of Stockton House for the last eleven centuries, which provide a fascinating insight into the changing British social landscape throughout history.
The current owners of this magnificent property are in the process of relocating abroad, and Bellmans therefore has the opportunity to offer many of the house’s treasures at auction. The Eastern furniture and decorative items will go under the hammer all together in a specially conceived sale on Friday 18th July 2014. However, the house’s English and European furniture is being sold on Thursday 27th March, and will be denoted in the catalogue with this castle emblem:
Viewing for the March sale is open from midday on Friday 21st March until the morning of the sale. Online bidding is available via the-saleroom.com. For more information and to register your interest, please visit www.bellmans.co.uk, or alternatively contact Bellmans Auctioneers direct on 01403 700858.