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HIGH & OVER: Historic Amersham house worth £2.5million put up for sale

 Published on: 6th July 2021   |   By: Jake Levison   |   Category: Uncategorized

An iconic country house in Amersham where classic TV shows have been filmed is up for sale for £2.5million.

The High and Over house, located in Highover Park, is famous for its ‘Y’ shape and has been used as a set in classic TV shows like Agatha Christie’s Poirot, Midsomer Murders, New Tricks and Mr Selfridge.

The Grade II listed building, which has grounds of about 1.7 acres, has been put on the market by Savills estate agents.

According to them, High and Over is widely considered to be the first and finest house to be built in the Modernist style in Britain. It was designed in 1929 by Amyas Connell, who later became part of the pioneering architectural practice Connell, Ward & Lucas, for Bernard Ashmore, the then professor of Archaeology at London University. 

While the building is highly sought after now, it caused considerable local concern when it was built, according to the Amersham Museum. It has a concrete frame, externally of brick and with concrete blocks internally. 

It is Y-shaped, designed to catch the sun and views across the Misbourne valley, with a hexagonal centrepiece incorporating the main and garden entrances and a projecting staircase.  

It was known locally as the “aeroplane house”, either because of the propellor Y shape or because the two canopies looked like a bi-plane. High and Over was the first modernist “international style” country house. 

You can find out plenty more about the house at amershammuseum.org/history/on-the-hill/high-over/ or search.savills.com/property-detail/gbahrsams200138

Picture credit Savills

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