Former Old Hunstanton listening post goes on the market for £575,000

Hippisley Hut, 67 Old Hunstanton Road, Old Hunstanton. Picture; SUPPLIED ANL-150622-114644001
Hippisley Hut, 67 Old Hunstanton Road, Old Hunstanton. Picture; SUPPLIED ANL-150622-114644001
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A converted radio listening hut in Old Hunstanton that played a crucial part in winning the First World War has gone on the market.

The hut in Old Hunstanton was used by Lieutenant Commander RJB Hippisley as a wireless point to monitor signals from German ships.

Hippisley was a keen amateur radio enthusiast and although he had retired from the army by the start of World War One, he continued to use his skills.

He is credited with turning the tide for the end of the war as his work pinpointed German ship positions by intercepting signals leading to the decisive 1916 Battle of Jutland.

Hippisley was awarded an OBE for his services in 1918, and was later instrumental in setting up GCHQ.

The property is being sold as a family home by estate agents Bedfords for £575,000.

Bedfords’ partner Ben Marchbank said: “It’s thought that this was one of only about six such stations which are now known as Hippisley Huts.

“It’s a fascinating property, full of character, which has been considerably altered since its more humble days when it was used for monitoring radio signals.

“The original hut is now the sitting room, complete with its original fireplace.

“The house wasn’t given a second floor until 1982 when it was lived in by an artist, but now has five bedrooms.”

Hippisley Hut stands at the edge of Old Hunstanton on Old Hunstanton Road.

Mr Marchbank added: “The property enjoys a secluded setting well back from the main road and is approached over a long driveway.

“The location is particularly appealing and the house has views from the first floor to both countryside and sea, and is within walking distance of the beach.”