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A couple who inherited an ancestral home discovered ‘clutter’ that turned out to be worth around £1m, including a stocking belonging to Queen Victoria.
The collection of artefacts had built up over the last 300 years at Hooton Pagnell Hall in Doncaster. When Mark and Lucianne Warde-Norbury inherited the family property, they realised that there were areas of the home that had not been sorted for decades. The Warde-Norburys have spent the last two years sorting through all the items and although they are retaining many of the items, there will be a lot to sell.
Among the items is a copy of the Nuremberg Chronicle, which is a rare item and possibly worth £30,000. A painting of Windsor Castle by Paul Sandby, completed in 1802, is thought to be worth around £60,000.
The Warde family has owned the Yorkshire property since 1681, when Sir Patience Warde lived there. Restoration of the property was started then by the former Lord Mayor of London. According to Mark Warde-Norbury, it was a very emotional experience sorting through all the items, which he described as being an “eclectic” mix. The house was used as a military hospital during World War I and a number of items were salvaged from that period, including a letter from Florence Nightingale.
Whilst sorting through the various rooms in the house, the couple discovered antique duelling pistols, silver cutlery and candlesticks, and even a rare antique wooden doll which was made during the 18th century. Antiques, including furniture like antique dining chairs , often conjure up memories of past times, which is reassuring for family members.