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£9.25m Paper Tycoon’s Mansion For Sale in Westminster 

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A restored Arts & Crafts townhouse in Westminster, which was originally the London home of business tycoon Henry G. Spicer, the director of Spicer Paper Merchants, once the world’s largest paper manufacturer, has hit the market for an eye-watering £9.25 million.

Located moments from Parliament Square, 20 Old Queen Street was originally built in 1909 as the family home of the paper mill tycoon, who died in 1939, and built by Scottish architect Francis William Troup, a specialist in Arts & Craft architecture.

The Grade II Listed property offers 4,764 square feet of ‘elegant living space’ over six floors, even boasting views over St James’s Park, along with four bedrooms with en-suites, and a lower-ground floor with separate living accommodation – ideal for staff quarters – which even boasts a separate entrance to street level.

Set over lower ground, ground and four upper floors, the townhouse has a dark red glazed brick façade to the front and rear with stone dressings, two bay windows at first floor level, and a gated entrance, with a large multi-storey bay window to the rear façade, overlooking the garden terrace and communal garden.

20 Old Queen Street has a rich history, bearing the initials of Henry Gage Spicer throughout the property including an original bespoke weathervane, with the H G S monogram carved in the original fireplace mantels and above the portico entrance in stone.

Restored Arts & Crafts townhouse in Westminster, which was originally the London home of business tycoon Henry G. Spicer, the director of Spicer Paper Merchants, once the world's largest paper manufacturer, has hit the market for an eye-watering £9.25 million (living room seen)

Restored Arts & Crafts townhouse in Westminster, which was originally the London home of business tycoon Henry G. Spicer, the director of Spicer Paper Merchants, once the world's largest paper manufacturer, has hit the market for an eye-watering £9.25 million (living room seen)

Restored Arts & Crafts townhouse in Westminster, which was originally the London home of business tycoon Henry G. Spicer, the director of Spicer Paper Merchants, once the world’s largest paper manufacturer, has hit the market for an eye-watering £9.25 million (living room seen)

Located moments from Parliament Square, 20 Old Queen Street was originally built in 1909 as the family home of the paper mill tycoon, who died in 1939, and built by Scottish architect Francis William Troup, a specialist in Arts & Craft architecture (dining room pictured)

Located moments from Parliament Square, 20 Old Queen Street was originally built in 1909 as the family home of the paper mill tycoon, who died in 1939, and built by Scottish architect Francis William Troup, a specialist in Arts & Craft architecture (dining room pictured)

Located moments from Parliament Square, 20 Old Queen Street was originally built in 1909 as the family home of the paper mill tycoon, who died in 1939, and built by Scottish architect Francis William Troup, a specialist in Arts & Craft architecture (dining room pictured)

The Grade II Listed property offers 4,764 square feet of 'elegant living space' over six floors, even boasting views over St James's Park (exterior view)

The Grade II Listed property offers 4,764 square feet of 'elegant living space' over six floors, even boasting views over St James's Park (exterior view)

The Grade II Listed property offers 4,764 square feet of ‘elegant living space’ over six floors, even boasting views over St James’s Park (exterior view)

At its height the largest paper manufacturer in the world, the Spicer Paper Merchants (now Spicers) was founded in 1796 by John Edward Spicer as a large paper mill in Alton, Hampshire, producing paper, envelopes and stationery. In 1835 the business expanded into London providing stationery for financial and law firms in the City of London.

During the late nineteenth century, following a family disagreement, the company was divided into two sister firms, James Spicer and Sons and Spicer Brothers, the latter which Henry Spicer helped to direct. 

In 1909 the family closed the Alton Mill and transferred paper manufacturing to a new complex in Eynsford in Kent. In this same year Henry Spicer and his wife Sarah decided that they needed a large London home in order to entertain clients, business associates and friends so Henry commissioned Francis William Troup to build him the townhouse at 20 Old Queen Street.

In 1922 the two sister companies remerged and the Spicers brand continues to this day as a thriving wholesale retailer. Henry gaining himself political goodwill in 1923 when he funded the landscaping of the Victoria Park Gardens in Westminster, adjacent to the Houses of Parliament, so that MPs had somewhere to sit during breaks in parliamentary business. 

It boasts along with four bedrooms with en-suites over six floors, all of which have air conditioning - as well as a separate apartment in the lower ground floor

It boasts along with four bedrooms with en-suites over six floors, all of which have air conditioning - as well as a separate apartment in the lower ground floor

It boasts along with four bedrooms with en-suites over six floors, all of which have air conditioning – as well as a separate apartment in the lower ground floor

Throughout 20 Old Queen Street, original details and craftmanship has been beautifully preserved such as the grand staircase, wooden panelling, leaded windows and coving; all the fireplaces are original and working gas-fired (The inscribed 'S' monogram for Henry Spicer is seen)

Throughout 20 Old Queen Street, original details and craftmanship has been beautifully preserved such as the grand staircase, wooden panelling, leaded windows and coving; all the fireplaces are original and working gas-fired (The inscribed 'S' monogram for Henry Spicer is seen)

Throughout 20 Old Queen Street, original details and craftmanship has been beautifully preserved such as the grand staircase, wooden panelling, leaded windows and coving; all the fireplaces are original and working gas-fired (The inscribed ‘S’ monogram for Henry Spicer is seen)

In 1933 Henry was presented to King George V who made him Sheriff of Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire, the Spicers by this time also owning a country estate ‘Holmwood’ near Sawton in Cambridge.

After Henry’s death in 1939 the five-bedroom property was used as a family home for decades, before briefly becoming offices. The property was then converted back into a single residence by architect Thomas Croft, and has been a family home for the current owners for the past 12 years.

Throughout 20 Old Queen Street, original details and craftmanship has been beautifully preserved such as the grand staircase, wooden panelling, leaded windows and coving; all the fireplaces are original and working gas-fired. 

The townhouse’s ground floor provides two bright reception halls, one which features decorative cast stone roundels believed to be by sculptor Conrad Dressler, who worked closely with Troup at Artworker’s Guild exhibitions. There is a large formal dining room, with a grand black marble fireplace, and double doors opening onto the rear terrace.

The lower-ground floor provides a large open-plan kitchen, family dining area and relaxed TV room filled with natural light, ideal for family living. 

Additionally, there is even a large 481 square foot roof terrace providing extensive views of St James's Park and across Westminster, a large space ideal for al fresco dining, relaxing or meditating

Additionally, there is even a large 481 square foot roof terrace providing extensive views of St James's Park and across Westminster, a large space ideal for al fresco dining, relaxing or meditating

Additionally, there is even a large 481 square foot roof terrace providing extensive views of St James’s Park and across Westminster, a large space ideal for al fresco dining, relaxing or meditating

The Principal bathroom provides a green marble steam shower and matching marble-clad bathtub, with cherry wood finishes.

The Principal bathroom provides a green marble steam shower and matching marble-clad bathtub, with cherry wood finishes.

The Principal bathroom provides a green marble steam shower and matching marble-clad bathtub, with cherry wood finishes.

The property's second floor has the Principal bedroom suite, with an adjoining fitted dressing room finished in cherry wood. There is another bedroom on this floor, with en suite bathroom and a fitted wardrobe

The property's second floor has the Principal bedroom suite, with an adjoining fitted dressing room finished in cherry wood. There is another bedroom on this floor, with en suite bathroom and a fitted wardrobe

The property’s second floor has the Principal bedroom suite, with an adjoining fitted dressing room finished in cherry wood. There is another bedroom on this floor, with en suite bathroom and a fitted wardrobe

The kitchen is by Mowlem & Co of King’s Road, with bespoke solid oak cabinets, black granite worktops, three oven Aga and module electric oven with gas hobs. There is also a dumb waiter leading to the dining room above, allowing discrete catering for any formal event or entertaining family and friends.

The lower-ground floor also provides separate living accommodation, which could be used for a nanny or au pair; there is a bedroom with en suite bathroom, and a separate entrance to street level, allowing independent access.

On the first floor there is a stately drawing room with original panelling and a sweeping bay window looking out towards St James’s Park, with an adjoining ‘snug’ for quiet reading space. 

There is also a formal study, with charming ceiling beams and windows looking onto the quiet street, and a separate reception hall.

The property’s second floor has the Principal bedroom suite, with an adjoining fitted dressing room finished in cherry wood. There is another bedroom on this floor, with en suite bathroom and a fitted wardrobe. 

The Principal bathroom provides a green marble steam shower and matching marble-clad bathtub, with cherry wood finishes. There are a further two bedrooms, one of which has a balcony, as well as a spacious playroom. There is air-conditioning to all the bedrooms as well as to the top floor living area.

Additionally, there is even a large 481 square foot roof terrace providing extensive views of St James’s Park and across Westminster, a large space ideal for al fresco dining, relaxing or meditating. 

On the ground floor, there is a private terrace leading to the secure communal garden, which is shared by three properties and on license from the Royal Parks Authority. From the communal garden there is access to Birdcage Walk and St James’s Park beyond.

James Robinson, Director of Dexters Westminster Office, told FEMAIL: ‘Today, 20 Old Queen Street is a magnificent townhouse with modern touches, ideal for a family with Westminster school a few minutes walking distance and the City in easy reach for business. The property has been adored by its current owners and has charming authenticity, it is rare to find an Arts & Crafts mansion so well preserved in this central location.’ 

The townhouse's ground floor provides two bright reception halls, one which features decorative cast stone roundels believed to be by sculptor Conrad Dressler, who worked closely with Troup at Artworker's Guild exhibitions

The townhouse's ground floor provides two bright reception halls, one which features decorative cast stone roundels believed to be by sculptor Conrad Dressler, who worked closely with Troup at Artworker's Guild exhibitions

The townhouse’s ground floor provides two bright reception halls, one which features decorative cast stone roundels believed to be by sculptor Conrad Dressler, who worked closely with Troup at Artworker’s Guild exhibitions

The lower-ground floor also provides separate living accommodation, which could be used for a nanny or au pair; there is a bedroom with en suite bathroom, and a separate entrance to street level, allowing independent access

The lower-ground floor also provides separate living accommodation, which could be used for a nanny or au pair; there is a bedroom with en suite bathroom, and a separate entrance to street level, allowing independent access

The lower-ground floor also provides separate living accommodation, which could be used for a nanny or au pair; there is a bedroom with en suite bathroom, and a separate entrance to street level, allowing independent access

Original details and craftmanship has been beautifully preserved such as the wooden panelling

Original details and craftmanship has been beautifully preserved such as the wooden panelling

Along with the original owner's monogram (seen)

Along with the original owner's monogram (seen)

Original details and craftmanship has been beautifully preserved such as the wooden panelling, along with the original owner’s monogram (seen)

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Masked man shot a teenage girl with a crossbow while in Brisbane Aldi charged with attempted murder

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A masked man has been charged with attempted murder after a 15-year-old girl was hit by an arrow inside an Aldi supermarket near Brisbane. 

Queensland Police claimed the 25-year-old man opened fire in the Aldi at Booval in Ipswich at about 4.30pm on Tuesday before shoppers took him down.

The Bundamba man, wearing a black hoodie and mask, allegedly fired the bow at a female jogger and moving vehicle before entering the supermarket and hitting the teenager.

A man has been arrested after allegedly shooting a teenage girl with a crossbow in an Aldi supermarket near Brisbane

A man has been arrested after allegedly shooting a teenage girl with a crossbow in an Aldi supermarket near Brisbane

A man has been arrested after allegedly shooting a teenage girl with a crossbow in an Aldi supermarket near Brisbane

A teenage girl was treated for injuries to her hand and stomach and was taken to Queensland Children's Hospital in a stable condition

A teenage girl was treated for injuries to her hand and stomach and was taken to Queensland Children's Hospital in a stable condition

A teenage girl was treated for injuries to her hand and stomach and was taken to Queensland Children’s Hospital in a stable condition

He was first seen on Tuesday afternoon walking from Booval Railway Station along South Station Road holding a compound bow.  

He allegedly shot an arrow at a woman who was jogging but missed as he headed towards Aldi.

The man is then accused of shooting the arrow at a passing car before going into the supermarket where he shot a third arrow and hit the girl. 

It is believed a mobile phone may have saved her life as the arrow went through her finger and hit the device before piercing her stomach. 

He was restrained by members of the public until police arrived.

The teenager was taken to the Children’s Hospital to be treated for non-life threatening with wounds to her hand and stomach.

The man has been charged with attempted murder, torture and going armed so as to cause fear.

He will appear in the Ipswich Magistrates Court on Wednesday. 

Police fronted media on Tuesday evening to give details of the incident.

‘Preliminary investigations haven’t identified that it’s a targeted attack,’ Detective Inspector Heath McQueen said.  

‘A witness has identified that male person discharge that bow, an arrow, at a female jogger who was passing by.’

‘What I am aware of is that upon discharging that bow within the Aldi store and striking the 15-year-old female some bystanders have bravely acosted that male person and detained that male person until police have arrived.’  

Queensland Police said the man opened fire in the Aldi at Booval in Ipswich at about 4.45pm on Tuesday before shoppers took him down

Queensland Police said the man opened fire in the Aldi at Booval in Ipswich at about 4.45pm on Tuesday before shoppers took him down

Queensland Police said the man opened fire in the Aldi at Booval in Ipswich at about 4.45pm on Tuesday before shoppers took him down

Witness Michelle Woods said she thought the alleged attacker was about to fire the crossbow at her as she drove past.  

‘He had eyeballed us in the car – gave us this weird look – and sort of half lifted it up and we thought he was going to start shooting at the car,’ she told the Brisbane Times

Onlookers took to Facebook warning people to stay away from the supermarket, with one saying the alleged attacker was wearing a mask. 

‘PLEASE BE AWARE! YOUNG MAN JUST SPOTTED WITH LOADED CROSSBOW NEAR ALDI (HAS WEIRD FACE MASK ON),’ one person said. 

Another said: ‘My partner just went to aldi and was told don’t go in there’s a man shooting bow and arrows. (Someone ran up to the car and told her before she got out).’ 

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Airlines rush to put on more flights after border restrictions are set to be eased

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Several airlines are scrambling to offer more flights as border restrictions between New South Wales and South Australia are set to be eased.

Last week SA lifted the quarantine requirements for people coming from the ACT and will do the same for travellers from NSW from Thursday.

That’s prompted an immediate response from the airlines with Virgin planning to resume Canberra to Adelaide flights from October 12 and to increase flights from Sydney to Adelaide to three each week from October 2.

The airline has flagged adding even more flights from November.

Qantas is also expected to add flights from Sydney to Adelaide this week along with budget airline Jetstar.

The long-awaited decision on SA’s border with NSW was made at Tuesday’s meeting of the state’s transition committee and came after initial plans to lift the isolation measures were stalled for weeks because of a cluster of coronavirus cases in Sydney.

‘This is going to be a relief that will be felt across our state, from an economic perspective and from a family perspective,’ Premier Steven Marshall said.

‘We know that this has been a massive burden on the business community and also on families and individuals.’

The premier said health officials had examined the concerning case of an infected Sydney taxi driver but were satisfied it was a risk that could be managed.

Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier said the decision to ease the border measures came after 14 days of no community transmission in NSW involving cases with an unknown origin.

‘I know people will be concerned about the taxi driver. But I’m very confident that person is not representative of community transmission,’ she said.

‘He did spend some time in the community while infectious. But many people have been asked to quarantine because of those exposures.’

Professor Spurrier has urged anyone travelling between SA and NSW to keep a close eye on the latest information in relation to coronavirus cases in Sydney and called for all travellers on planes to wear masks.

SA reported no new coronavirus cases on Tuesday and has no active infections.

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NBN will spend $4.5billion bringing high-speed connections to 10 million Australian homes

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Millions of homes and businesses are set to gain access to ultra-fast broadband speeds of up to one gigabit per second in an upgrade to the National Broadband Network.

The $4.5 billion network investment plan will give up to 75 per cent of fixed line premises, or 6 million homes, across regional and metropolitan Australia access to ultra-fast broadband by 2023.

This includes two million households that can access high-speed plans by requesting an extension of the fibre network from the street to the home.

Millions of homes and businesses are set to gain access to ultra-fast broadband speeds of up to one gigabit per second in an upgrade to the National Broadband Network

Millions of homes and businesses are set to gain access to ultra-fast broadband speeds of up to one gigabit per second in an upgrade to the National Broadband Network

Millions of homes and businesses are set to gain access to ultra-fast broadband speeds of up to one gigabit per second in an upgrade to the National Broadband Network 

Another 2.5 million households can upgrade to the Hybrid Fibre Coaxial network, and a further 1.5 million through the newer fibre-to-the-curb network.  

It will be financed through NBN Co borrowing from private debt markets.

Australians wanting quicker web speed c an have their household connected by fibre to the network for free, but will pay higher prices for their broadband plan in line with the $149 a month paid by consumers already connected directly by fibre. 

The plan will involve on-demand fibre to the node upgrades, capacity upgrades on the hybrid fibre coaxial network and work on the fibre to the curb network. 

Communications Minister Paul Fletcher said Australians have a growing appetite for faster broadband speeds.

‘This is the right time for this network upgrade,’ he said, ahead of a speech to the National Press Club on Wednesday.

‘There is a long term trend of broadband demand growth with a very significant spike this year as COVID-19 has changed the way we use the internet.’

‘If a customer doesn’t ask for it, we won’t roll the fibre to your home. If the customer demonstrates that he or she has got the demand, then we will roll the fibre [out].

‘This is totally consistent with the approach we’ve followed for seven years, which is being responsive to demand and tailoring the rollout to demand.’  

Former prime minister Kevin Rudd, who announced the original NBN, has previously slammed the Federal Government for ditching the fibre-to-the-home rollout.

‘Labor’s NBN would have connected 93 per cent of premises with superfast fibre-optic cable & the rest by wireless/satellite. The Liberals butchered it,’ Mr Rudd said in June. 

From an economic perspective, the NBN is estimated to increase Australia’s GDP by $6.4 billion a year by 2024, including $1.5 billion into regional areas. 

The $4.5 billion network investment plan will give up to 75 per cent of fixed line premises across regional and metropolitan Australia access to ultra-fast broadband by 2023

The $4.5 billion network investment plan will give up to 75 per cent of fixed line premises across regional and metropolitan Australia access to ultra-fast broadband by 2023

The $4.5 billion network investment plan will give up to 75 per cent of fixed line premises across regional and metropolitan Australia access to ultra-fast broadband by 2023

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