Home of former Lord Mayor of Sheffield for sale at Redbrik

5th June 2017

A Victorian family home, once belonging to the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, is currently on sale with leading South Yorkshire based estate agency Redbrik.

The property, known as West Heys, was originally built in 1898 for Leonard Johnson Clegg, son of William Edwin Clegg, the Mayor of Sheffield, and brother of William Edwin Clegg, one of the first Lord Mayors of Sheffield. One of only five families to live in the property, the Clegg family figures heavily in Sheffield history, with brothers who played for both England and Sheffield Wednesday, as well as chairing the Football Association for both Sheffield United and Wednesday. Leonard, along with his brothers, worked as a solicitor at his father's law firm Clegg and Sons, which has now merged to become part of Wake Smith Solicitors, still in Sheffield today. Leonard sold West Heys to Lionel Farris, who lived in the property from 1939 to 1963 the year before he also became Lord Mayor of Sheffield. From there, the house had two further owners until being purchased by present occupier Neil Oakley, a consultant surgeon, in 2010. The six-bedroom property, situated on the fringe of Whiteley Woods and the Mayfield valley, features a huge stained glass window depicting the Clegg family shield one of only a handful in existence around Sheffield. Well known to many Sheffield residents as the 'white house', the home overlooks the Wire Mill Dam and previously the cricket playing fields, until the land transferred to The Sheffield Corporation which is now home to several horses. The house also comes with a unique, triangular piece of land of approximately 1 acre which could be employed for any number of uses, though cannot be used for profit. As virtually the last house before the Peak District, West Heys occupies a unique place in the geography and history of Sheffield. Associate Director at Redbrik, David Cooper, said: -Here at Redbrik, we love finding out the history of a property because it helps us gain an understanding of the home we're selling. -West Heys has a really strong history in Sheffield, with ties to the Lord Mayor's office, Sheffield Wednesday and a Wake Smith Solicitors. -We're looking forward to finding the perfect buyers for this house, which has only ever had four/five families live in it. For more information about West Heys, or to book a viewing, visit http://redbrik.co.uk/property/west-heys-63-whiteley-wood-road/

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