New chapter as former poet's house comes to market

A stunning Victorian detached residence in the Cressington Park area of Liverpool, once the home of a famous poet, is being offered for sale by the Allerton Road branch of Sutton Kersh.

Sir John William Watson, a Victorian poet whose works included The Prince’s Quest and Epigrams of Art, Life and Nature resided at 21 Salisbury Road, which is now on the market with Liverpool’s leading independent estate agency chain for £795,000.

‘Castlehurst’ is an imposing property which was modelled under the influence of Gothic revival during the Victorian period.

The accommodation briefly comprises an elegant reception hall, formal dining room with French polished wood panelling, drawing room and morning room with connecting ‘Amdega’ conservatory. An inner hall with a cloakroom/WC and a family dining kitchen complete the ground floor accommodation.

A total of six bedrooms are arranged over the first and second floors with an en-suite to the master. Meanwhile, there is a shower room and separate WC off the spacious half landing.

The meticulously maintained gardens include a mature area of lawn which stretches out from the rear terrace and is surrounded by borders offing a variety of established trees and shrubs.

‘Castlehurst’ is located in Cressington Park, one of Liverpool’s most desirable and affluent areas.

The park is located on the inward bound carriage way of Aigburth Road near to the junction with Garston Old Road and is served by many local amenities and schools for all ages. It has easy access to public transport services, with the park boasting its own railway station.

There are a number of sporting clubs nearby including Liverpool Cricket Club, Mossley Hill Athletics Club and the Leisure Centre at Long Lane. Open space and recreational amenities are also found at Sudley House and Long Lane, in addition to the popular Sefton Park, with its refurbished lake and palm house.

Meanwhile, on clear days wonderful views can be enjoyed of the Wirral Peninsular, River Mersey and Welsh Hills from Otterspool Promenade, which also offers charming riverside and woodland walks.

Sue Bullen, Sales Manager at Sutton Kersh Allerton said: ‘It is very rare that a property of this quality, in such a sought after area, comes to market.

‘Words are not really enough to do this property justice so I urge potential buyers to arrange an early inspection to fully appreciate the accommodation on offer.’

For more information, or to arrange a viewing call, 0151 734 0666 or e-mail

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