76 Sandfield Road – one of Tolkien’s Oxford homes – has gone on sale for an asking price of £1.25m.
Tolkien and his wife Edith moved to the property on 30 March 1953, leaving 99 Holywell Street in the centre of Oxford for the suburb of Headington to the east. The couple lived there until mid-July 1968, when they left Oxford and moved to Poole.
A stone plaque over the garage – which Tolkien used to store his books and meet visitors – reads “J.R.R. Tolkien lived here 1953–1968“.
The estate agents managing the sale – scottfraser – describe the property as:
An imposing five bedroom detached family residence once home to the famous J.R.R Tolkien (1953 – 1968). Situated on the western side of one of the city’s most sought after locations. Extended and well proportioned character accommodation arranged over two floors with further attic room currently used as a gymnasium. The property is exceptionally well placed for access to the Headington hospitals and Oxford Brookes University.
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