Couple handed keys to the White House... in Cannock

A new couple has moved into the White House – in Cannock that is.

Fred and wife Sarah outside the White House
Fred and wife Sarah outside the White House

One of the Town’s well-known businessmen Fred Pritchard confirmed his purchase of the iconic venue at High Green had gone through.

He revealed his £1.5 million plans to transform the Grade II* listed building to the Express & Star earlier this year.

One of the major proposals in his vision is to bring back weddings to the White House, which has played host to hundreds of ceremonies throughout the 20th century when it was owned by Cannock Urban District Council.

Mr Pritchard also wants to install a restaurant and beauty salon.

A post on the ‘Fred Pritchard Property’ Facebook page said: “Finally just purchased the White House – it’s very exciting to be given this chance to restore this beautiful building – all we need now is some entrepreneurs to do beauty hairdressing and a boutique so contact us for a chat.”

The glorious Georgian property was built in 1783.

It was the family home of Sir Robert Fisher and was the first in the town to have its own water pump.

Former Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire, Captain William Cary, has been among those to reside, along with Frederick Gilpin who was once one of Cannock’s largest employers.

It became a ladies’ boarding school in the 1800s before being turned into the town’s registry office when it was bought by the district council.

Cannock Chase Technical College and then later South Staffordshire College occupied it when it was bought by Staffordshire County Council in 1981.

It became surplus to requirements in 2015 and was put on the market for £500,000.

Mr Pritchard bought the property for an undisclosed sum.

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