Marshland where a German bomber crew crash-landed hits the market

Remote five-bedroom home overlooking marshland where a German bomber crew crash-landed 79 years ago before being captured and taken for a PINT by British soldiers hits the market for almost £1million

  • The Battle of Graveney Marsh occurred on September 27 1940 against the back drop of the Battle of Britain 
  • A unit of British soldiers were confronted with a four-man German crew after investigating a crash 
  • They captured the men and took them to a local pub before later taking them to a prisoner of war camp
  • Nagden House which is situated on the banks of the Faversham creek has now gone on sale for £1 million 
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A remote five-bedroom home which overlooks the marshland where a German bomber crew crash-landed has gone on sale for £1million.

Nagden House is situated next to a creek on Graveney Marsh in Kent where, in September 1940 four German soldiers were captured by British troops and then taken for a pint before being detained as prisoners of war.

A unit of British soldiers billeted at nearby pub, the Sportsman Inn, went out to investigate after hearing the sound of the crash and were met with gunfire by the four-man German crew who had survived.

The members of the London Irish Rifles hit the deck and returned fire, while a smaller group crawled along a dyke to get within 50 yards of the plane.

The property is located in Kent and boasts gorgeous river-side views and is surrounded by greenery as far as the eye can see 

The London Irish Regiment were pictured training on Graveney Marsh in 1940 where the little-known battle took place 

London Irish rifles guarding the downed Junkers Ju 88A-1 on Graveney Marsh in 1940. The battle on British soil took place here during the dark days 1940 when a platoon of Irish rifles fought a skirmish with a determined crew of a downed Junkers 88

Now a property which overlooks the area where the battle took place has gone on the market for £1million. The property (pictured above) is a far cry from war time Britain

As well as this spacious living room the property also boasts a reception hall, a dining room, a study and a kitchen/breakfast room

Two pillboxes (pictured above) sit on the property’s land. It was built in the event of invasion by the Germans during the war

There was a heavy exchange of fire before the Germans surrendered, with one of them being shot in the foot during the brief battle.

The two groups went back to the pub and had a pint of beer together before the four Luftwaffe crew were taken away as prisoners of war.

At the time the property now for sale was two former shepherds’ cottages.

On its three acres of grounds is a World War Two pillbox that was built in the event of invasion by the Germans, although it was not used during the little-known Battle of Graveney Marsh.

The property is approached through gates opening to a driveway to the front of the house and the gardens run down to the creek with a terrace to the side of house

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Fun in the sun! The lucky new owners of the property will be able to enjoy barbecues during the summer months while relaxing with a river view 

A birds eye view shows the vastness of the area which the property overlooks which in the 1940s was home to the Battle of Graveney Marsh

The inside of the property also boasts a utility room, cloakroom, a master bedroom with en-suite bathroom and four Further bedrooms. The kitchen area (pictured above) leads through to a dining area

There is also an orchard and a paddock with a stable sits adjacent, across the lane. This is while there is also a jetty leads to a private mooring

The cottages were converted into one large house in 1953.

The property, called Nagden House, has been owned by the same family for several years but they have put it on the market for £960,000.

It comes with a lounge, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, study, five bedrooms, stables an orchard and paddock.

It also has its own jetty with private mooring on Faversham Creek that connects to the Swale Estuary.

The downed Junkers Ju 88A-1 (pictured above) on Graveney Marsh in 1940 after it crash-landed in the marsh with German crew on board

Another picture of the downed jet shows how badly damaged the aircraft was following the crash, the damage can be seen at the side and underneath the jet

The property, Nagden House is located in Graveney which is a semi-rural village situated between Faversham and Whitstable in Kent and is close to the coast and Faversham Creek

Within the land of the property sits a World War Two pillbox (left of centre) which were usually equipped with holes in order for soldiers to fire ammunition from

The outside of the property looks stunning and the garden features both pebbles and a lawn and plants are already started to bloom

An English rose: The garden is quintessentially British as boasts beautiful potted plants and lavender around the edges of the wall 

The house boasts far-reaching views of the Kent marshlands that also inspired author Charles Dickens to write his 1861 novel Great Expectations.

Edward Church, of estate agents Strutt and Parker which is selling the property, said: ‘The house is in a stunning and tranquil spot.

‘It sits almost by itself and the gardens run right down to the edge of the creek where it has its own mooring.

‘It looks out over the sort of marshland that Charles Dickens wrote about.

‘This is a very rare opportunity to buy a house in south east England that is a wonderful combination of rural, tranquility living yet it is within walking distance of the town of Faversham and its train station which is an hour’s commute to London.’

Across the marsh is the Michelin starred restaurant The Sportsman at Seasalter. 

The plans for the property which show the scale of Nagden House which includes three stables as well as a reception room 

The property would be prefect for those looking to move to a more rural space but within commuting distance to London

The style of the home mixes both farmhouse styles with its wooden table and stools with contemporary, with the white paint and stylish lampshades

The village where the property is located also boasts well regarded schools as well as a local church and of course a pub

The nearby town of Whitstable is a charming seaside area with a good range of facilities, is easily accessible, as is Canterbury

The Battle of Graveney Marsh 

On September 27 1940 The Battle of Graveney Marsh took place against the background of the Battle of Britain.

The crash took place after a Ju-88 crashed in marshland in north Kent after being attacked by two Spitfire’s from the RAF’s Fighter Command.

Close by, men from the 1st Battalion London Irish Rifles were drinking at the Sportsman Inn, before going out to pick up survivors and placing a guard around the wreckage so the people hunting souvenirs would be deterred.

However, as the men approached the downed aircraft the four man crew started to fire on them, using the Ju-88’s two machine guns and fire arms.

Facing fire from two sides it was clear that the four men were up against greater fire power and they soon surrendered.

One of the aircrew is reported to have said that the Ju-88 would ‘go up at any moment’, as a device had been placed on the aircraft to blow it up. It was however, found and then thrown into a ditch.

Because of this the aircraft was saved for British Intelligence officers to examine and Capitan John Cantopher was awarded the George Medal for bravery.

It had been a major capture for the British and the surrendered crew were marched by the troops to the pub and given some beer before ultimately being taken to a prisoner of war camp.

At the time the incident received no publicity as the British army wanted to conceal the fact that they had captured one of the German’s most modern bombers.

Due to this the Battle of Graveney Marsh is little known to many.

In 2010 a plaque was unveiled at the pub in order to commemorate the day.


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