Duchy Breathes New Life Into Local Landmark
Amicia Tenement on the Duchy’s Crewe Estate in Cheshire was originally built by Lord Crewe in the mid 19th century and named after his daughter, the Honourable Amicia Henrietta Milnes. Used during his lifetime as a private retreat from his formal residence at Crewe Hall, the property was acquired as part of Lord Crewe’s estate by the Duchy of Lancaster in the 1930s. In the intervening years, it has served as a private residence, corporate headquarters and equestrian centre before falling vacant at the end of 2015.
Early in 2016, the Duchy of Lancaster commissioned a programme of works to restore the property to its former glory and update it to reflect the Duchy’s national Design Standard and quality specification. The works are now completed and on 23rd May, Duchy tenants, local residents and other interested parties were invited to Amicia Tenement to see the transformation for themselves.
Commenting on the project, Christopher Sparrow, Duchy Head of Rural said: “This has been a genuine labour of love for everyone working on the project. Amicia is a unique and very special place set in three and a half acres of garden and parkland with a commanding view over open countryside. Its magnificent façade is now matched by the quality of the interior finish, creating a home that is designed for modern family life – and of course for entertaining. It has been a privilege to bring this extraordinary period property back to life and we look forward to this new chapter in its long and illustrious history.”
The restoration of Amicia Tenement is the latest in an ongoing schedule of property repairs, refurbishments and restorations across the Duchy’s rural estates.