Foxtons offer to sell Tower of London property for surprised Beefeater

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Spike Abbott  (Twitter)
Spike Abbott (Twitter)

A Beefeater who works at the Tower of London was surprised when he received a letter from Foxtons offering to sell his home.

Spike Abbott, who lives at the historic castle in Wapping, posted an image of the estate agent’s letter to Twitter.

He wrote: “Thanks for the very kind offer @foxtons to sell or rent out the 12th century property that HM Tower of London provide me with, however, I think it may raise a few eyebrows when your sign appears outside my house.”

The letter is addressed to the legal owner of the home in The Casemates, a part of the castle that is occupied by Beefeaters who guard the Tower of London.

It says “we are valuing property in your area next week” before offering a “professional opinion of the sales or rental value of your property in the current market” with “no strings attached”.

Any agent who looks around the property would stick by Covid protocols, the letter adds.

Beefeaters are the oldest existing military corp and the oldest of the royal bodyguards in Britain.

The Tower of London was built by William the Conqueror in the 1070s and is now owned by the Queen.

During his reign, Henry VIII decreed that Yeoman Warders must guard the building permanently.

A spokesperson for Foxtons told the Standard: “We’d like to thank Mr Abbott for bringing this to our attention. We asked if he would mind passing the letter on to the legal owner, but seeing as that’s the Queen it is unsurprising that we’re yet to hear back from her.

“We are London’s biggest estate agency and get hundreds of thousands of enquiries from people looking to buy a property so we’re always searching for new properties to sell to our customers. Sometimes, letters like this could go out as a result – we can’t check every one by hand, as we’re too busy selling and letting the genuine ones!”

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