All systems finally go in Northgate Street

An artist's impression of what the rear of the Northgate Street houses will look like.
An artist's impression of what the rear of the Northgate Street houses will look like.

A Lincolnshire firm of specialist heritage renovators has now been contracted to start work on the row of Georgian houses in Northgate Street, Warwick.

There are 18 houses altogether and Messenger Construction are to prepare numbers four, six and eight to go on the market in the autumn.

Apart from a show house, each will be sold as “shells” allowing their new owners to finish the Grade II* listed properties to their own personal requirements.

In March the first of the homes, the one next to St Mary’s Church at two Northgate Street, went on the market in its raw state with a price tag of around £1.5 million.

That has the potential for six bedrooms with garden. A large double garage has already been added.

Estate agents say there has been considerable interest but so far no firm sale has been agreed.

All the homes will have parking and attractive rear gardens, although even the smallest “shell” is likely to cost half a million.

The show house, at number ten, won’t be ready until early next year when there will be a major marketing push and formal launch of all the homes.

Northgate Street itself was largely built following the Great Fire of Warwick in 1694.

Once the homes of the richest people in Warwick, the grand homes were gradually taken over by Warwickshire County Council which used them as educational offices.

In 2013 the whole row was bought by London firm Ash Mill Developments, who have faced considerable delays.

Some 1930s buildings at the rear had to be demolished and before the gardens can be established the site had to be subject to various surveys, including an archaelogical dig last summer.

This resulted in the discovery of three town wells, some medieval rubbish pits, a Tudor coin and other relics.

A spokesman for Ash Mill said: “Messenger Construction are a specialist heritage firm so ideally suited to the restoration work in this fine street and an ideal partner for the scheme.”

Ash Mill now have a website for the latest information about the homes: