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Tag: Surrey

August 21, 2017

Rent Like A Royal

by Matthew Steeples

Grade I listed house in Richmond Old Deer Park, Surrey that is owned by the Crown Estate and was originally a royal observatory to rent for £450,000 per year   A Grade I listed house set on 6.6 acres of World Heritage Site and Grade I listed land in the middle of the Royal Mid-Surrey … Continue reading “Rent Like A Royal”

June 23, 2017

Pricey Pickhurst

by Matthew Steeples

130 acre Surrey estate with gardens by Arabella Lennox Boyd for sale for £28 million (or £13 million more than it was marketed for in 2013)   A Surrey estate has gone on sale for 87% more than in was offered for four years ago.   Featured in Country Life in 2013 whilst for sale … Continue reading “Pricey Pickhurst”

June 13, 2017

Maxed Out

by Matthew Steeples

Scumbag paedophile Max Clifford bankrupts himself leaving his victims without compensation   Since being jailed, paedophile Max Clifford has shown absolutely no contrition and utterly no remorse. He’s sued newspapers, let his equally arrogant daughter, Louise, buy the “goodwill” – if such bizarrely even exists – of his former PR firm and tried to sell … Continue reading “Maxed Out”

May 27, 2017

Robert Adam

by General

With such a name, this suave gent just had to design landmarks. University of Westminster educated and Hampshire based Robert Adam (born 1948) followed his more famous namesake (1728 – 1792) and became a designer of “progressive neo-classical style buildings” in 1975. He won “the richest prize in architecture” in January 2017 and counts the … Continue reading “Robert Adam”

May 22, 2017

Making a Manor

by Matthew Steeples

Refurbished Surrey manor house with connections to Detmar Blow and Gertrude Jekyll for sale for £2.55 million   Reduced in price by £200,000 since when it was previously on the market in June 2015, a Surrey manor house is again for sale – but this time for £2.55 million ($3.32 million, €2.96 million or درهم12.20 … Continue reading “Making a Manor”

May 13, 2017

Bob Marshall-Andrews QC

by General

A “libertarian-left” Labour MP between 1997 and 2010, distinguished barrister and novelist Bob Marshall-Andrews defected to the Liberal Democrats in 2017. Described as “an irritant” to his former party whilst they were in government, multi-millionaire Marshall-Andrews built and owns “one of the most innovative houses of the 20th century – the famed ‘Teletubby House’ in … Continue reading “Bob Marshall-Andrews QC”

May 4, 2017

A Kinky Car

by Matthew Steeples

1960 Bentley S2 currently owned by musician Sir Ray Davies to be auctioned; he wrote the hit song ‘Apeman’ on its back seat   A 1960 Bentley S2 owned but rarely used by Sir Ray Davies CBE – best known for hits with The Kinks that included You Really Got Me and All Day and … Continue reading “A Kinky Car”

April 25, 2017

A Star Subaru

by Matthew Steeples

1996 Subaru Impreza – chassis 001 – to be auctioned with an estimate of £175,000 to £200,000; it was driven by amongst others the late Colin McRae   “One of the most important rally cars ever made” – according to Octane magazine – is to be sold at auction this June.   The Subaru Impreza … Continue reading “A Star Subaru”

April 20, 2017

A Homely Castle

by Matthew Steeples

Britain’s smallest castle is for sale; it comes with 10 acres, a 44 million gallon moat and a narrow boat   Last marketed in 2003 for £1 million (the equivalent of £1.45 million, $1.86 million, €1.73 million or درهم6.83 million today), what is allegedly Britain’s smallest castle is back for sale for the slightly higher … Continue reading “A Homely Castle”

March 19, 2017

A Musical Roller

by Matthew Steeples

Rolls-Royce previously owned by musicians Kenney Jones and Vangelis to be auctioned   A 1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III drophead coupé complete with ‘Chinese Eyes’ quad headlights that was owned by the drummer Kenney Jones and the electronic musician Vangelis is to be sold at auction next week.   The mid-metallic blue with beige hide … Continue reading “A Musical Roller”

April 11, 2016

The Pamborghini

by Matthew Steeples

Pink Lamborghini owned by 32-year old multi-millionaire appears in South Kensington (complete with images of Pamela Anderson)

February 15, 2016

Selling Clifford

by Matthew Steeples

Max Clifford attempts to sell his bland and frankly boring £3.45 million Surrey home for a million more than he paid for it

July 4, 2015

May he get the Max

by Matthew Steeples

Paedophile Max Clifford charged with allegation of indecent assault

July 3, 2015

The W***er’s Tower

by Matthew Steeples

Unfortunately nicknamed Gloucestershire residence hits the market a year after Old Harrovian Sheel Khemka’s first trial

May 31, 2015

Radovan Vitek

by General

A self-made Czech real estate billionaire, Radovan Vitek was listed as having a worth of £1.1 billion by Forbes in 2015.

May 29, 2015

Goga Ashkenazi (born Gaukhar Berkalieva)

by General

Termed “the first female oligarch”, Goga Ashkenazi made her first fortune in oil and gas before moving into fashion after buying Vionnet in 2012.

February 19, 2015

Pippa’s post

by Matthew Steeples

Pippa Middleton offered £100,000 job at a strip club in Croydon

June 2, 2014

Cinematic bliss

by Matthew Steeples

Former home of film director Richard Attenborough for sale for £12.75 million   The Academy Award winning actor, producer and director Lord Attenborough is best known for his roles in such hits as The Great Escape, Gandhi and 10 Rillington Place but it was at Old Friars, his home of many years in Richmond, Surrey, … Continue reading “Cinematic bliss”

May 16, 2014

The new life of Max Clifford

by Matthew Steeples

An insight into the new life of Max Clifford   In a press release sent to The Steeple Times, the author Ian Hitchings has revealed details about disgraced publicist Max Clifford’s new life in Wandsworth Prison. 

May 9, 2014

Pricing publicity

by Matthew Steeples

Katie Price’s antics set her on Titanic course   When Katie Price married a part-time stripper named Kieran Hayler in January 2013 everyone cried “publicity stunt” and now she’s supposedly divorcing him, people are rightly shouting the same.

May 5, 2014

Lettice Rowbotham

by Matthew Steeples

This Surrey based violinist and Britain’s Got Talent contestant has been described as “a mixture of the Duchess of York and Patsy from Ab Fab”. Lettice Rowbotham has played for Prince Charles, President Vladimir Putin and at Harvey Weinstein’s 2014 post-BAFTA party and of meeting Oprah Winfrey commented: “No, I didn’t know who she was. … Continue reading “Lettice Rowbotham”

April 30, 2014

Mind out Max

by Matthew Steeples

Max Clifford refuses to apologise as it is revealed that he’s been borrowing against his assets   Sexual abuser Max Clifford’s only remarks since being convicted have been to say that he is “incredibly disappointed about what’s happened” and he’ll be “back to court on Friday”. When asked if he would be apologising to the … Continue reading “Mind out Max”

October 3, 2013

A Facel for a family

by Matthew Steeples

Facel Vega II formerly owned by Ringo Starr goes to auction   Earlier this year we featured the sale of John Lennon’s first car and now the same auction house, Bonhams, are selling a car belonging to his band mate Ringo Starr MBE.

September 22, 2013

The legacy of Berezovsky

by Matthew Steeples

Will of Boris Berezovksy confirms he was far from broke and again raises questions about his death by hanging   When he died, many wrongly jumped to the conclusion that Boris Berezovsky was broke. With the publication of a story about his will by The Sunday Times today, it most certainly seems that this was … Continue reading “The legacy of Berezovsky”

September 14, 2013

Being Liberace with the facts

by Matthew Steeples

A Cadillac that may or may not have belonged to Liberace comes to auction without much evidence of its provenance   In The Talented Mr Ripley, the detective appointed to discover what happened to Dickie Greenleaf states: “In America we’re taught to check a fact before it becomes a fact”. In the case of a … Continue reading “Being Liberace with the facts”

August 18, 2013

Jaguar face

by Matthew Steeples

Former Jeremy Clarkson Jaguar XKR goes to auction   Jeremy Clarkson once famously pulled what he called a “Jaguar face” in an episode of Top Gear. Looking like a cross between Joyce Grenfell and a beaver, the millionaire presenter suggested this was the look of the grille of the Surrey set’s favourite motor car.

August 7, 2013

Sunning it

by Matthew Steeples

Anthea Turner and Grant Bovey move on (yet again)   To most, both “sunrise” and “sundown” are beautiful spectacles. For Anthea Turner, these are words she’d probably rather forget.

July 8, 2013

A true sporting great

by Matthew Steeples

Andy Murray’s place in history is much deserved   If he’d lost he’d have been remembered as a “Scottish nearly man” but with his historic victory yesterday at Wimbledon, Andy Murray OBE became a “British superstar”.

June 24, 2013

Five of the best: Boathouses

by Matthew Steeples

Homes perfect for those who love messing about in boats   The Water Rat in Wind in the Willows famously stated:   “There is NOTHING – absolute nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats”.   Here, we share five homes that would suit him perfectly as a base for … Continue reading “Five of the best: Boathouses”

June 12, 2013

Trading places

by Matthew Steeples

As Max Clifford appears in court again, he might want to learn to be more careful about what he says   Max Clifford is a man who has based his career on trades. Today, though, the self-styled “celebrity publicist” will be once again swapping the television sofa, however, for the dock when he appears at … Continue reading “Trading places”

June 8, 2013

Wally of the Week: Katie Price

by Matthew Steeples

Katie Price is hardly a person in a position to give advice to Madonna on cosmetic surgery   Katie Price has racked up six names and three marriages since being born in 1978. Described as “football-boobed” by The Mirror, the glamour model used her weekly column in The Sun today to attack Madonna.  

May 31, 2013

Frankie’s back

by Matthew Steeples

Frankie Dettori returns to racing   Frankie Dettori’s back. This afternoon the racing legend will ride Beatrice Aurore, owned by ABBA’s Benny Andersson, in the Princess Elizabeth Stakes at Epsom.  

May 13, 2013

A disc most relevant

by Matthew Steeples

Don’t Forget To Catch Me   We saw this today and just felt it ought to be shared.  

May 7, 2013

Michael Wignall: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks Michelin starred chef Michael Wignall: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? The quest for perfection and happiness.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “Fail to prepare, prepare to fail”.   Kerry … Continue reading “Michael Wignall: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

April 23, 2013

Penelope Wilton OBE

by Matthew Steeples

Yorkshire born and twice divorced, Wilton is the niece of actor Bill Travers. She’s performed widely but truly came to fame when she appeared alongside Richard Briers in the BBC’s Ever Decreasing Circles in 1984. As Rosemary in Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads 2 and as Mrs Bibby in his The History Boys, she was brilliant … Continue reading “Penelope Wilton OBE”

April 20, 2013

Living like Lennon

by Matthew Steeples

The former home of John Lennon and his first car come to the market   After passing their driving test, most young people start with a clapped out Mini or a bashed up Beetle. John Lennon, though, began as he meant to go on and bought a Ferrari.   When The Beatles singer-songwriter passed his … Continue reading “Living like Lennon”

April 3, 2013

Peter Grace OBE (1938 – 2013)

by Matthew Steeples

Grace by name and graceful by nature, New Zealander Peter Grace was one of the greatest men in polo and the owner of the Ascot Park Polo Club.

March 30, 2013

Bill Martin: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks thrice Ivor Novello Award winning songwriter Bill Martin: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Sir Winston Churchill and all he stood for and to win an Oscar for the best “song” as a songwriter.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, … Continue reading “Bill Martin: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

March 17, 2013

Sandi Toksvig

by Matthew Steeples

In 2013, this Danish-British former Liberal Democrat author and presenter stated: “The Duchess of Cambridge lacks a single [relevant] opinion”. The nation were far from impressed. “Toxic Toksvig”, as some refer to her, is a Cambridge educated lesbian and mother of three whose works number Hitler’s Canary and Heroines & Harridans. She started her career … Continue reading “Sandi Toksvig”

March 10, 2013

Toby Flood

by Matthew Steeples

This level-headed “reluctant star” of English rugby grew up in Northumberland and describes himself as a “horse whisperer, ventriloquist, ladies swimwear model and soft play enthusiast” to his 50,000 followers on Twitter. He enjoys gardening, fishing and walking his black Labrador and eventually intends to become a lawyer. Whilst both of his grandfathers were actors, … Continue reading “Toby Flood”

March 9, 2013

Five of the best: Treehouses

by Matthew Steeples

Five of the best palaces in the trees   When one thinks of treehouses, one generally imagines pretty rudimentary creations built out of old boards and bits of rope. Now, though, treehouses are becoming more and more extravagant. As individuals such as J. K. Rowling and the Duchess of Northumberland construct vast palaces in the … Continue reading “Five of the best: Treehouses”

March 3, 2013

Petula Clark CBE

by Matthew Steeples

A singer, actress and composer who has been a star all her life. Brought up in Epsom, Surrey and best known for Downtown, Petula Clark surprisingly made her radio debut aged just 9 and appeared at the Royal Albert Hall when she was only 11. She now lives between Switzerland and Chelsea and can occasionally … Continue reading “Petula Clark CBE”

January 26, 2013

Pamela Jennings (better known as “Soho Pam”, 1964 – 2013)

by Matthew Steeples

A professional beggar who was well known in Soho and Pimlico. She lived in a £7 a night hostel but preferred to be found in The French House. She liked Gap jeans and was a gambling addict but surprisingly was a teetotaler. The thought of crossing Oxford Street is said to have worried her greatly.

December 4, 2012

Dame Judi Dench CH, DBE, FRSA

by Matthew Steeples

Undoubtedly best known as one of the greatest actresses of the post-war period, Yorkshire born Dench briefly played Pru Forrest in the BBC’s The Archers. She’s an advocate for “more progressive drug policies” and only took the role of Lady Catherine de Bourgh in Pride & Prejudice after director Joe Wright wrote to her and … Continue reading “Dame Judi Dench CH, DBE, FRSA”

November 27, 2012

Blessed Beckham

by Matthew Steeples

Victoria Beckham tours Brian Blessed’s former home   In April, the blog that preceded The Steeple Times featured an article on Clarence House in Richmond.   At the time this former school and home of actor Brian Blessed was priced at £22,500,000 but after languishing on the market, the price has been slashed by £4,500,000 … Continue reading “Blessed Beckham”

November 16, 2012

Victoria Spicer: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks the journalist and equestrian expert Victoria Spicer: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom.” What’s your guiding force? Sat nav, usually.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? I’m stealing my motto from someone else – “Don’t … Continue reading “Victoria Spicer: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

November 5, 2012

Boujis in the basement?

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples explores the story of an empty Kensington mansion   A multi-million pound 8-bedroomed house in Kensington isn’t anything unusual. In fact, rather, they’re ten a penny. In this, one of the wealthiest boroughs in the land, large, expensive homes are just the norm.   No. 1 Campden Hill, which is being marketed for … Continue reading “Boujis in the basement?”

November 4, 2012

Beverley Craven

by Matthew Steeples

This British singer-songwriter was born in Colombo, Sir Lanka whilst her father was there working for Kodak. Influenced by Elton John and Kate Bush, she began her career touring with Bobby Womack but it was her 1991 single, “Promise Me,” that catapulted Craven into the big time. After a period raising a family, she’s now … Continue reading “Beverley Craven”

October 31, 2012

Robin Sheppard: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks hotelier and chairman of Bespoke Hotels Robin Sheppard: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom.” What’s your guiding force? Hunger.    “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “While I breath, I hope.”   Kerry Katona was considered … Continue reading “Robin Sheppard: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

October 21, 2012

James Sherwood

by Matthew Steeples

This Kentuckian buccaneer founded Sea Containers in 1965. He is best known though buying the Hotel Cipriani in Venice for less than £1 million “on a whim” and reviving the Venice-Simplon-Orient-Express. A true perfectionist with an attention to detail unlike any other, Sherwood was victorious in 2010 in a battle with the Cipriani family over … Continue reading “James Sherwood”

October 14, 2012

Rocking with royalty

by Matthew Steeples

A £26 million residence with connections to rock, royalty and rectors   Built in the early 1500s, The Old Rectory is Wimbledon’s oldest house. Standing in grounds of 2.5 acres, this 16,200 square foot property was once described by a biographer of Sir Henry Cecil as being “not luxurious, but adequate” but now once again … Continue reading “Rocking with royalty”

October 7, 2012

Reversing Fortunes: Tales of former home of Claus von Bulow

by Matthew Steeples

A most curious tale of playboys, socialites, lawyers and real estate moguls   This week the mystery buyer of Clarendon Court, the former marital home of Claus and Martha “Sunny” Von Bülow (1932 – 2008), was revealed as a restaurateur and real estate mogul named Paul Roiff. Separately, the New York Post reported that Mr … Continue reading “Reversing Fortunes: Tales of former home of Claus von Bulow”

October 4, 2012

Why pay less?

by Matthew Steeples

Living life to the full Donald G. Abbey style   “Why pay less when you can pay more?” is a mantra that some strangely choose to live by. In my time, I have encountered a couple with a different Ferrari for each day of the week, someone who proudly declared their home had a window … Continue reading “Why pay less?”

September 20, 2012

Dad’s van

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of the 1935 Ford used as Lance Corporal Jones’s butcher’s van in “Dad’s Army”   A highlight in Bonhams’s 3rd December sale at Mercedes-Benz World Brooklands in Weybridge, Surrey will be a van used as Lance Corporal Jones’s butcher’s van in the classic television series, Dad’s Army.   Currently part of the Patrick … Continue reading “Dad’s van”

August 22, 2012

Peter Burrell

by Matthew Steeples

A businessman with a passion for racing. Burrell has worked with Frankie Dettori since the latter was 15 and was also the agent for Vinnie Jones. He drives a Toyota IQ, has climbed the Matterhorn and loves playing a round of golf in his spare time. In 2014, he invented the Gillhams Gravel Rake to solve … Continue reading “Peter Burrell”

May 13, 2012

Nicholas “Nick” Witchell

by Matthew Steeples

This newscaster and royal correspondent reports for the BBC daily. He’s lesser known these days for having sat on a lesbian protestor who invaded his studio in 1988 and for having written a book, The Loch Ness Story, in which he declares his belief in the existence of the creature to be “quite unshakeable.” There’s … Continue reading “Nicholas “Nick” Witchell”

May 7, 2012

Claus Von Bülow

by Matthew Steeples

Tried twice for the attempted murder of his wife, Sunny, who remained in a vegetative state for some 28 years, this socialite and writer has the most mischievous of wits. Subject of the Golden Globe award winning film Reversal of Fortune starring Jeremy Irons and Glenn Close, this distinguished gent is also renowned for telling … Continue reading “Claus Von Bülow”

April 28, 2012

Andrew Davis

by Matthew Steeples

He was labeled “Baron Von Essen” but evidence of his pedigree failed to surface. Starting in 1990, this buccaneer built up a collection of 26 luxury hotels but the £300m empire, developed with loans from bankers who plainly asked very few questions, collapsed in 2011. Since then, instead of quietly going to ground, he’s bought … Continue reading “Andrew Davis”

April 27, 2012

Nick & Christian Candy

by Matthew Steeples

Started a property empire with a loan of £6,000 from their grandmother in 1995. Now said to be worth anything upto £13 billion, this pair are most famous for their One Hyde Park development next to The Mandarin Oriental. London based Nick is married to the Australian singer and former Neighbours actress Holly Valance whilst … Continue reading “Nick & Christian Candy”

April 15, 2012

Blessed Clarence

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of the £22,500,000 Clarence House in Richmond   Built in 1696 for a haberdasher merchant named Nathaniel Rawlins, Clarence House in Richmond was subsequently extended by his daughter, Elizabeth, before it became a Catholic school in 1792.     One student at the various schools that were subsequently run from the house was … Continue reading “Blessed Clarence”

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