BBC sells of its stately home.

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A historic manor park owned by the BBC that played a vital role in accessing foreign media during the Second World War is now on the market and expected to sell for in excess of £20million.<br />
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Caversham Park is believed to have been gifted to a relative of William the Conqueror in 1066, was recorded in the Domesday Book with a value of £20 and has entertained royalty in its 950-year lifetime.<br />
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But the existing 19th century manor house near Reading, Berkshire, has been home to the BBC's Monitoring headquarters since 1943 with as many as 1,000 people working there by the end of the war.<br />
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Agents Lambert Smith Hampton say the sale represents an incredible opportunity to purchase a prime site with lots of options.<br />
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A spokesman said it was hard to put a figure on the building, as it would depend on the planned use of the buyer, but market sources suggest it should sell for in excess of £20million.