Hellingly mansion house used by RAF in WW2 up for sale

The distinctive property at Hellingly
The distinctive property at Hellingly

A manor house in Hellingly created in the late 19th century by the founders of the British rubber industry and used by the Royal Air Force during the Second World War has gone on the market with a price tag of £1.55 million.

Lealands, a six bedroom mansion, is not listed but sits privately in large park style grounds of just under 10 acres.

The house was originally a small cottage or cottages early in 17th century, but at various times additions were made by passing owners until the Hancock family created the present manor house, a Dutch garden, tennis and croquet lawns, bowling green, skittle alley, shooting gallery and large ornamental lake, large glass conservatory, balustraded terrace, steps and topiary. The Hancock family was behind Messrs Hancocks, founders of the India Rubber Industry and the British rubber industry after the firm invented the masticator, a machine that shredded rubber scraps and which allowed rubber to be recycled after being formed into blocks or sheets.

The property was requisitioned by the RAF in the Second World War and the current owner has lived there since 1984.

The manor house is being marketed by Hailsham estate agents Taylor Engley who can be contacted on 01323 440000, and agents describe it as a hidden Sussex gem with great restoration potential.