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Wellingborough Road, Abington, Northampton, NN3

Guide price £875,000

5 Beds 2 Baths 4 Receptions

REF: NTH180417


CALL US 01604 632991 EMAIL US AT Northampton
FIND US: 20 Bridge Street, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN1 1NR



  • A unique local home of national architectural and historical importance as featured on BBC television.
  • Described by Ideal Homes Magazine at the time in 1926 as "the first modern house".
  • Situated in established mature gardens and a total plot approaching half an acre.
  • The House incorporates some internal features designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
  • Four reception rooms and five double bedrooms. Off road parking and garaging.
  • A rare opportunity to acquire such an individual property in this highly desirable location of Northampton.


*A PIECE OF ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY* A notable property of importance, built in 1926 and Listed Grade II* situated next to Abington Park. Main hall, cloakroom, 4 reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room, 5 bedrooms and 2 bath/shower rooms. Total plot of around 0.41 of an acre (0.16 ha). DESCRIPTION New Ways, which is Listed Grade II*, dates from 1925/1926 and is to the design of the renowned industrial engineer Peter Behrens (1868-1940). It was built for Mr W J Bassett-Lowke of model railway fame, who had his factory in Northampton. It is thought that this house was the first property built in the UK in the German Expressionist style. The house incorporates some internal features designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and formerly in No 78 Derngate, Northampton, a house that he remodelled in 1916. New Ways was listed in 1952 as possibly the first Modernist home in Britain. To the ground floor an entrance porch with glass panelling provides access to an impressive reception hall. The main hall features a grand central staircase, a piscina water feature and full height ''triangular' window. Off the main hall is a study with a superb ceiling rose, sitting room with impressive stone fireplace with tile inset, adjacent stained glass lighting panels and a central Art Deco style lantern light. Double doors lead to an outside loggia. There is a separate dining room, with further double doors giving access to the loggia area. A secondary hallway provides access to a snug and kitchen/breakfast room comprising range of base and eye level units, integrated fridge and dishwasher. To the first floor there are five double bedrooms and two bath/shower rooms providing en suite facilities to both bedrooms one and two. Fitted washbasins can be found in bedrooms four and five. There is also a lower ground floor area currently comprising laundry room, cellar and stores and could provide potential for conversion to further formal living accommodation subject to planning. OUTSIDE Double wrought iron gates provide access to a private driveway with off-road parking for a number of vehicles and in turn leads to a detached double garage. There is also a gated pedestrian access. The principal gardens are situated to the rear of the house and comprise raised terrace, ideal for outside entertaining and al fresco dining, with steps leading down to the main lawned garden. The gardens are well stocked with flower and shrub borders together with clipped hedging and a paved pathway leading to a further ''sunken' garden with adjacent outdoor swimming pool area. Within the gardens is a brick built garden store. The gardens and grounds form an attractive setting to New Ways and abut Abington Park. LOCATION New Ways is located in what is widely regarded as one of Northampton's most desirable locations. Situated around 11/2 miles to the east of Northampton town centre. The area is well placed for communications with easy access to the M1 motorway (Junction 15) via the A45 dual carriageway. Trains to London Euston with journey times of around 1 hour are available from Northampton together with train services from Wellingborough to London St Pancras with journey times of around 50 minutes. Both state primary and secondary education are provided close by including the highly regarded Northampton School for Boys. Private schools include Wellingborough School, Northampton High School and Pitsford School. DIRECTIONS NN3 3HX From Northampton take the Billing Road towards Northampton School for Boys and at the traffic light junction with Park Avenue South, Billing Road East and Rushmere Road, turn left into Park Avenue South. Take the next right into Abington Park Crescent and at the next traffic light junction turn left onto the Wellingborough Road. New Ways can be seen set back from the road on the left hand side. PROPERTY INFORMATION Services: All mains services are connected to the property Local Authority: Northampton Borough Council Tel: 03003 307 000 Outgoings: Council Tax Band ''G' Tenure: Freehold Viewings: Strictly by appointment with Jackson-Stops Tel: 01604 632 991