London, August 23
A sprawling mansion within the coronary heart of London which was the previous household residence of Maharaja Duleep Singh’s son, Prince Victor Albert Jay Duleep Singh, has gone on sale with a price ticket of GBP 15.5 million.
Duleep Singh, as Maharaja Ranjeet Singh’s youngest son, was the final Maharaja of the Sikh Empire together with Lahore within the 19th century till he was exiled to England when his empire got here underneath the British Raj.
His son, Prince Victor, was born in London in 1866 and was taken underneath the wing of Queen Victoria as his godmother.
Many years later when he prompted a stir in English society along with his mixed-race marriage to Lady Anne Coventry, the daughter of the ninth Earl of Coventry, the British authorities leased a “grace-and-favour” mansion in The Little Boltons space of south-west Kensington to the newly married couple as their new marital residence.
“This substantial former grace-and-favour home of the exiled Crown Prince of Lahore has been designed to provide excellent proportions and benefits from high ceilings, large living spaces and a 52 ft rear garden,” stated Jeremy Gee, Managing Director of Beauchamp Estates, which is organising the sale.
“It is located in one of south-west Kensington’s most sought after residential addresses,” he stated.
Upon completion in late 1868, the grand residence was bought by the quasi-government owned East India Company and registered as an funding property to be leased for rental earnings.
The East India Company, which ruled India on the time, leased the property for a token peppercorn hire to the displaced Duleep Singh household.
Besides the mansion, the displaced Indian royal household had use of properties in Wimbledon and Roehampton, additionally leased at peppercorn rents, in addition to the usage of a 17,000-acre nation home, Elveden Hall, in Suffolk, jap England.
Maharaja Duleep Singh was faraway from Punjab alongside along with his title and energy on the finish of the Second Anglo-Sikh War in 1849 and later despatched into exile in London.
Prince Victor Albert Jay Duleep Singh was his eldest son with Maharani Bamba Müller, with whom he additionally had a daughter—Sophia Duleep Singh—a distinguished suffragette and ladies’s rights activist in British historical past.
Victor Jay Duleep Singh, who was often known as a “handsome and dashing” prince, was educated at Eton College and Cambridge University. In 1898, the prince married into the Aristocracy after a lot preliminary resistance by each households.
The marriage ceremony, which befell at St. Peter’s Church in London’s Eaton Square, was made potential because of the intervention of Prince Victor’s playing buddy, Edward, then the Prince of Wales and subsequently King Edward VII.
Prince Victor is understood to have cherished the high-life, together with playing, horse racing and partying at Claridges Hotel in London’s Mayfair as a favorite hang-out.
Therefore, regardless of his grace-and-favour Little Boltons residence and an annual allowance of GBP 8,250 and his spouse’s earnings of GBP 2,500 per yr, Prince Victor was declared bankrupt in 1902 with money owed totalling GBP 117,900—a big sum on the time.
The Prince and his spouse spent the World War I years in Monaco, the place the Prince died aged 51 in 1918. His widow, Anne, continued to have use of The Little Boltons home till her dying aged 82 in July 1956.
The 1871 Census exhibits the home registered underneath East India Company possession and staffed by a butler, two maids, a governess for English language classes and a gardener.
According to Beauchamp Estates, the property ultimately went into non-public possession and in 2010 it was refurbished and modernised, together with a trendy and modern extension to the decrease floor flooring degree.
The 5,613 sq ft massive Italianiate-style villa consists of two massive roof terraces, two formal reception rooms, a casual household room, a household kitchen and breakfast room, 5 bedrooms, together with a “sumptuous” principal bed room suite, a gymnasium and two workers bedrooms.
“The total first flooring supplies the principal bed room suite… During the Victorian and Edwardian eras when Prince and Princess Victor Duleep Singh lived on the home this flooring offered them with two VIP bed room suites, the royals sleeping individually and assembly for breakfast collectively on the rear bed room terrace,” the itemizing notes. PTI