Home of famous Antarctic explorer Edward Wilson up for sale
A HISTORIC home which inspired Antarctic explorer Dr Edward Wilson has gone on the market for £935,000.
The Cheltenham born physician lived at Hillcrest as a young man with his family, calling it his "little piece of heaven".
It was there he developed the love of nature which saw him join Robert Scott's ill-fated mission to the South Pole as chief scientific officer.
As a teenager he spent hours wandering the surrounding countryside, drawing and painting the Cotswolds wildlife.
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He went onto study at Oxford and Cambridge and his expertise saw him invited on both of Scott's expeditions.
He was 37 when the second set off in June 1910 with the aim of being the first team to reach the south pole.
After battling temperatures of -56.7C (-70F) they arrived in January 1912 to find they had been beaten by a Norwegian expedition led by Roald Amundsen.
The entire party then perished on the return journey.
When their camp was found in November 1912, Scott's arm was draped across Wilson and in his diaries he said:" I believe he really is the finest character I ever met."
Today, 100 years after Wilson's death, his childhood home bears a plaque in his memory and has gone up for sale with Savills.
Hillcrest was built in about 1890 as an extension to the Tudor farm which has been on the site for hundreds of years.
The period property is in Crippetts Lane, Shurdington, and overlooks Cheltenham.
Wilson, who was born in 1872 at Montpellier Terrace, had previously lived at farm Sunnymede, near Up Hatherley.
His mother Mary was a notable breeder of poultry and leased Hillcrest as a working farm known as The Crippetts.
Wilson had just started as a day pupil at Cheltenham College and it was during these formative teenage years that he taught himself to become a remarkable field naturalist.
David Evans of Savills in Cheltenham said of the "rare" property: "Hillcrest is a fine period home steeped in history which has recently undergone a comprehensive restoration programme with much of the original charm and character having been retained."
The house is arranged over three floors and has a reception hall, drawing room, kitchen and dining room, four bedrooms, a family bathroom and cloakroom.
Outside the property has landscaped formal gardens designed to provide privacy.
According to website 192.com the property was bought in September 2003 for £425,500.
For more information call Savills on 01242 548000.
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