Mansion once owned by Kray twins Ronnie and Reggie reduced to £2million

The guide price of a mansion once owned by the Kray twins has been lowered to £2million.

At the beginning of this year the time had come listed on the market for the first time in 30 years.

It was originally put up for sale in July at a price of £2.25million, but that number has now fallen by £250,000 as a buyer is sought.

Ronnie and Reggie Kray originally bought the hideaway in 1967 for £11,000.

The brothers developed a love for the country after being evacuated from London during World War II.

The Argus: Composite image of Kray twins Ronnie (left) and ReggieComposite image of Kray twins Ronnie (left) and Reggie (Image: PA)

On tapes recorded at Broadmoor, the hospital for the criminally insane in Berkshire, Ronnie Kray reflected on his time spent tobogganing and picking apples.

He also recalled buying the mansion and explained how he and his brother would buy antiques.

On the tapes, Ronnie said: “When we were little kids we were evacuated to Suffolk, near Ipswich.

“We went to a Mrs Styles in Suffolk – she had a mansion there – and we stayed with her. It was our first time going to the county and we came to like the country.”

What appealed to me was “the calm, the quiet, the fresh air, the beautiful scenery, the beautiful scenery – unlike London.

“We used to go to a great evil called Constitution Hill and sled there in the winter. We had a good time there, you know.”

They bought The Brooks in Bildeston, Suffolk in 1967, at the height of their infamy, when they were looking for both a country retreat for themselves and a country home for their parents, Violet and Charlie.

The Argus: The Brooks, BildestonThe Brooks, Bildeston (Image: Bedford’s)

They bought a pink country house near the post office for their parents and a big house for themselves.

The home, now listed by Bedfords, is described as a “contemporary seven bedroom home” set on a two acre lot.

It aims to be an “extraordinary non-listed historic home of elegant proportions and versatile accommodation”.

The Brooks is believed to date from the 16th century but was then expanded and gentrified in the early 18th century with later Victorian alterations.

The Argus: The Brooks Dining RoomThe Brooks dining room (Image: Bedford’s)

Now the home also boasts an ‘enormous’ range of quality outbuildings including a studio, gym, office complex and games room.

The Kray twins, Ronnie and Reggie, were born on October 24, 1933 in Hoxton, East London.

In 1969 they were sentenced to life imprisonment at the Old Bailey with a recommendation to serve at least 30 years.

Ronnie was convicted of the March 1966 murder of George Cornell and Reggie was convicted of the October 1967 murder of Jack “The Hat” McVitie.

Ronnie died of a heart attack in the spring of 1995. He had been taken from Broadmoor to a hospital in Berkshire.

His twin Reggie died of cancer in Norwich in October 2000. Mansion once owned by Kray twins Ronnie and Reggie reduced to £2million

Fry Electronics Team

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