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On the market: 1960s Mervyn Seal-designed Bridge House in Shrewsbury, Shropshire

1960s Melvyn Seal-designed Bridge House in Shrewsbury, Shropshire
1960s Mervyn Seal-designed Bridge House in Shrewsbury, Shropshire

From the man who brought us this beauty in Bath comes the 1960s Mervyn Seal-designed Bridge House in Shrewsbury, Shropshire.

1960s Melvyn Seal-designed Bridge House in Shrewsbury, Shropshire
1960s Mervyn Seal-designed Bridge House in Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Huge thanks to Gareth for pointing this one out. It’s a fascinating place.

1960s Melvyn Seal-designed Bridge House in Shrewsbury, Shropshire
1960s Mervyn Seal-designed Bridge House in Shrewsbury, Shropshire

On the face of it, this is a fairly unspoilt modernist design in a great location and with ‘extensive gardens’ adjoining the River Cound and open parkland. Peace and tranquility seemingly assured.

1960s Melvyn Seal-designed Bridge House in Shrewsbury, Shropshire
1960s Mervyn Seal-designed Bridge House in Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Then there is the house itself, a typically 1960s and rather rectangular build with extensive glazing at the rear to take in that lovely land and what looks like a good amount of living space too.

1960s Melvyn Seal-designed Bridge House in Shrewsbury, Shropshire
1960s Mervyn Seal-designed Bridge House in Shrewsbury, Shropshire

As for the interior, well that’s a mix of the old and the new. As we said, it looks to have changed little outside the fixtures and fittings. Of course it has the new kitchen and updated bathrooms, as well as plenty of other updates around the house. But overall it still looks like the Seal design has been maintained, with some original features nestling in there too. We suspect those may be more evident at a viewing than via the agent’s lens.

1960s Melvyn Seal-designed Bridge House in Shrewsbury, Shropshire
1960s Mervyn Seal-designed Bridge House in Shrewsbury, Shropshire

As for that space, an entrance hall leads onto the landing and then onto the living room with full length corner feature window, further windows to front and double doors to both dining and garden rooms.

1960s Melvyn Seal-designed Bridge House in Shrewsbury, Shropshire
1960s Mervyn Seal-designed Bridge House in Shrewsbury, Shropshire

The garden room has a wood burning stove, full length windows and a sliding patio door to a covered terrace and adjoining water feature. The dining room has the original wood panelling to one wall with a large full length feature window overlooking the gardens, telephone point. Also on the floor is a custom-made kitchen, the first bedroom with en-suite, a second bedroom and a family bathroom.

1960s Melvyn Seal-designed Bridge House in Shrewsbury, Shropshire
1960s Mervyn Seal-designed Bridge House in Shrewsbury, Shropshire

That’s the ‘main’ living space, with self-contained annex space on the ground floor and including a utility / kitchen, shower room, separate WC, a third bedroom and a great entrance lobby.

1960s Melvyn Seal-designed Bridge House in Shrewsbury, Shropshire
1960s Mervyn Seal-designed Bridge House in Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Outside is worth talking about too. That includes a block paved driveway for three cars, access to a carport and a single garage, both of which are integral to the house.

1960s Melvyn Seal-designed Bridge House in Shrewsbury, Shropshire
1960s Mervyn Seal-designed Bridge House in Shrewsbury, Shropshire

The gardens are a mix of lawns, mature trees and established plants, with the rear garden covering around three quarters of an acre and bordered by the River Cound and open parkland. You also get a studio / summer house too, which could potentially work as a home office with some upgrading.

Fancy it? I know we do. Sadly we aren’t in a position to move here, but if you are, the guide price is £459,000.

Image and details courtesy of Cooper Green Pooks. For more details and to make an enquiry, please visit the website.

Update: Once again, big thanks to Lesley for an update to this. It seems that the house actually dates to 1958 and was design and built for architect Mervyn Seal himself. It last sold back in 2012.

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