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Jonathan Schofield and this week's interesting Manchester view – the biggest house in the city

Written by . Published on February 1st 2008.


In the 1850s Seymour Grove in Old Trafford was Manchester’s West End. Eventually everybody moved down the railway line to Bowdon and Hale.

But before that inevitable running away Seymour Grove had played host to Lord Mayors, engineers and famous doctors in a row of large mansions. The Northern now based in Didsbury began as a tennis club here – a road leading off Seymour Grove is still called Tennis Street. Novelist Dodie Smith author of 101 Dalmatians had grown up round the corner on Talbot Road.

Recently though the biggest domestic building this street has acquired might just have arrived. A family has bought four of the 1920s semis and linked them together with a bridge and added extensions all round the place. Each of these houses sells for up to £300k so together this one long single property is worth well over £1m. Not that the family seems likely to move. A dynasty is forming. Manchester has Southfork. Dallas here we come.

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