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Banyer Hall, Lady’s Drove, Emneth, a 16th century manor house, is tonight the centre of a murder probe.

The £900,000 home near Wisbech set in four acres is where the body of a woman in her 60s was discovered on Monday morning just before 7.30am.

A man is being held on suspicion of murder following the discovery of a woman’s body near Wisbech, Cambridgeshire.Picture by Terry Harris

A man is being held on suspicion of murder following the discovery of a woman’s body near Wisbech, Cambridgeshire.
Picture by Terry Harris

A man, also in his 60s, remains in custody at King’s Lynn investigation centre where he is being questioned by detectives.

It has not been confirmed if the couple are related.

A man is being held on suspicion of murder following the discovery of a woman’s body near Wisbech, Cambridgeshire.Picture by Terry Harris

.A man is being held on suspicion of murder following the discovery of a woman’s body near Wisbech, Cambridgeshire.
Picture by Terry Harris

The house was sold in 2017 for around £600,000 and has been in the same ownership since then.

Norfolk Police are carrying out the investigation.

A man is being held on suspicion of murder following the discovery of a woman’s body near Wisbech, Cambridgeshire.Picture by Terry Harris

A man is being held on suspicion of murder following the discovery of a woman’s body near Wisbech, Cambridgeshire.
Picture by Terry Harris

“A man aged in his 60s has been arrested on suspicion of murder,” said a spokesperson.

“He has been taken to King’s Lynn Police Investigation Centre for questioning, and he remains in custody.

“An investigation is underway to establish the circumstances of the woman’s death.

A man is being held on suspicion of murder following the discovery of a woman’s body near Wisbech, Cambridgeshire.Picture by Terry Harris

A man is being held on suspicion of murder following the discovery of a woman’s body near Wisbech, Cambridgeshire. Photo from 2017 when it was offered for sale

“A Home Office post-mortem examination is due to be carried out this afternoon.”

Anyone with information should contact Norfolk Police on 101 quoting reference 36/65290/23.

Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their online form: www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Viewers of the BBC ‘Escape to the Country’ were given a guided tour of Banyer Hall when it was offered for sale six years ago.

A couple looking to re-locate to Norfolk were shown Banyer Hall last – it was the ‘mystery house’ producers leave to last.

A man is being held on suspicion of murder following the discovery of a woman’s body near Wisbech, Cambridgeshire.Picture by Terry Harris

A man is being held on suspicion of murder following the discovery of a woman’s body near Wisbech, Cambridgeshire. Banyer Hall for sale brochure from 2017. 
It attracted the couple, particularly after they were former parish vicars included the Rev Wilbert Awdry, creator of Thomas the Tank engine.

However, despite being wowed by the ‘handsome, nice big windows’ appeal, the couple bought a home elsewhere.

 

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