AN HISTORIC part of the borough is set to go into private ownership as Solihull College has put Tudor Grange House on the market.
Used as a hospital in the Second World War and the former home to the founding members of Bird’s Custard Company, the stunning Grade II listed property is being sold because it is not being ‘fully utilised by the College and has become too costly to maintain’.
Tudor Grange House was built in 1887 for Alfred Lovekin of Adie and Lovekin, jewellers and silversmiths but when his wife died in 1900 he sold in to Sir Alfred Bird.
The Red Cross had bought it in 1945 to use as a hospital for the soldiers from the war.
In 1946 it was bought by Warwickshire County Council and became a school for children with special needs until 1976 when it became part of the then Solihull Technical College.
A spokesperson from the college said: “The College believes this is a positive move for both the organisation and for the future use of Tudor Grange House in the local community.”
“The house is Grade II listed and therefore there is no possibility of demolition.”
The College says any profits will be reinvested to ensure staff and students get the best facilities.
The property is on the market with Bilfinger GVA and there is no set price.