Own a slice of Royal Navy history
Two historically significant Georgian houses in the Royal Navy dockyard at Sheerness, whose future has been secured by the Spitalfields Historic Buildings Trust, are now for sale through Jackson-Stops & Staff. Sheerness on the Isle of in Kent has been a defensive location since Tudor times, and served as a first line of defence for the River Thames and London.

The Royal Navy used the dockyard as one of their main bases until its decommissioning in 1960. After a period of uncertainty, the future of these historic residential quarters was secured after several years of campaigning by the Spitalfields Historic Buildings Trust. Designed by two of the countrys most eminent engineers Edward Holls and George Ledwell Taylor it remains one of the finest examples of Britains naval power.

The Boatswains House is a grade-II listed building, with room for five bedrooms, three bathrooms, a double- reception room, dining room and a spacious walled garden. This late Georgian period house has a traditional symmetrical double front and detailing. The house would traditionally have been one of the most important houses in the dockyard, and the decorative detail in the main reception rooms, whilst not ornate, is a reminder of the significance of the house. The Boatswains House offers a great opportunity for restoration within its listed status.

6 Naval Terrace
is also grade-II* listed and of the late Georgian style. It has four bedrooms, three reception rooms and a basement with stunning original features including a flagstone floor. There is also a self-contained apartment at the back of the walled garden in a converted stable-block. This light, spacious property has plenty of room and is in excellent condition, having been fully renovated in a way that not only respects the original architectural details of the property, but gives it a new lease of life for the 21st century.

Both properties have good local transport connections, whilst there are excellent local amenities on the Isle of Sheppey, just over 50 miles from London. Dawn Carritt, director of Jackson-Stops & Staff and an expert in the restoration of Georgian buildings, said: These properties, thankfully rescued by the Spitalfields trust, are part of Britains history. It is rare to have an opportunity to buy a significant piece of naval history. They are fine examples of Georgian architecture. As local landmarks, it is great to see these much-loved properties being given a new lease of life.