Saints’ founder’s home up for sale

A GEORGIAN House in Northampton, once lived in by the founder of the Saints rugby club, has had a record number of hits on an auction website.

Despite broken central heating and not having a television connection, Mortimers, a Grade II listed Georgian house in Milton Malsor, attracted more hits than its auctioneers had ever experienced, within three days of being posted.

Richard Greener, of Auction House, believes its history is a factor in its appeal.

The roof trusses, replaced in World War One, were built by Dorman Long, the Teesside company which built Sydney Harbour Bridge.

And the original owner was Rev Samuel Wigg, who founded Northampton Saints Rugby Club.

It has been in one family for generations and its owner, Margaret Alexander, 92, is the granddaughter of Rev Wigg and she has lived there since 1921.

Mr Greener said: “This is a very rare find. A house that hasn’t been on the market for this long is extremely rare indeed.”

The three-storey, five-bedroom home has attracted interest from hundreds of people ahead of the auction this week.

Even without mod-cons, Mr Greener said it ticked all the right boxes for homeowners.

He said: “We have had literally thousands of people on the website looking, more than any other property. It was quite astonishing.

“I think when people have been doing their internet searches, this must have fulfilled a lot of the criteria that buyers look for in a home.

“It has a long driveway, great views, the large gardens. It’s a quintessential English home and it’s a blank canvas.”

The £600,000 house will be sold at auction tomorrow at the Hilton Hotel in Collingtree.

For more details call Northampton 230222.