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Mystery buyer for old home

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The historic ruins of Witley Court, near Stourport, once the home of the Earls of Dudley, have been sold to a mystery family.

The historic ruins of Witley Court, near Stourport, once the home of the Earls of Dudley, have been sold to a mystery family.

The new owners are said to be "an extremely wealthy family" who fell in love with the ruined building even though they know it is protected by English Heritage from development.

The court and land of the 19th Century Italianate palace was put up for offer in seven lots earlier in the year.

The estate stretches over 40 acres of Great Witley and belonged to the Wigginton family who wanted to see it sold as a whole.

It went on sale for a guide price of around £887,000 in the spring but it has not been discolosed what it sold for.

Witley Court was ravaged by fire in the 1930s. English Heritage manages the site and has helped restore the fountains and garden. Officials say it will remain open to the public.

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