Home of legendary music engineer Rupert Neve on sale for £1.35m
A former factory – where ground-breaking mixing equipment was invented – was used by the likes of Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John and the Rolling Stones and has now gone on the market for a whopping £1.35million.
It was the home of Rupert Neve, a pioneer of analogue studio mixing consoles, was and the manufacturing base for his company Focusrite in the 1980s.
Neve and Focusrite built a vintage recording console for George Martin’s AIR Montserrat retreat studio in the Caribbean, which has played host to recording sessions for major artists such as Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton and The Police.
The property, which is located in Cambridge, has been described as a ‘gem’ as it is it not a listed building – meaning potential buyers will have the freedom to improve and change up the property.
Located in the village of Woodditton in Cambridgeshire, the area is a good mix countryside and town living, and boasts good transport links to London.
The former factory where ground-breaking mixing equipment was invented that was used by the likes of Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John and the Rolling Stones is now on the market for £1.35m
In the early 1990’s the property was converted to a private home and extended further in 1995 to form an impressive and expansive 4,687 sq ft family home
This substantial property has an impressive reception hall with large staircase and tiled floor, a large kitchen/breakfast room, study, downstairs bedroom with ensuite bathroom, and a laundry/utility room
Old Church School was converted into a private home in the early 1990s and extended in 1995. Upstairs there is another five bedrooms and three bathrooms
Now, the Victorian former school, which dates back to 1847, has gone on the market with Jackson Stops for £1.35million.
Until the 1980s, the building served the villages of Woodditton and Saxon Street as a school, and then Neve went on to purchase it.
Initially, it was the manufacturing base for his audio products, which were supplied to the world’s leading music studios – but Focusrite is now a huge US-based business.
But even before the pioneer launched Focusrite, Neve was known for making superior consoles which were responsible for the audio quality of albums by Fleetwood Mac and Pink Floyd.
Then, in the early 1990s, Old Church School was converted into a private home.
In 1995, it was extended.
Who was Rupert Neve?
Rupert Neve was a pioneer of analogue studio mixing consoles
Arthur Rupert Neve was a British-American electronics engineer and entrepreneur, who was a pioneering designer of professional audio recording equipment.
Neve was known for making superior consoles which were responsible for the audio quality of albums by Fleetwood Mac and Pink Floyd.
In fact, Nirvana recorded their album Nevermind at Sound City Studios in California in 1991 using a massive mixing console created by Neve and it also starred in the documentary Sound City, directed by Foo Fighters front-man Dave Grohl.
And in 2005, he founded Rupert Neve Designs, designing ground-breaking equipment to be used by countless top professionals in every aspect of recorded and live music.
The best-sounding production Neves to date – that are used in recording studios – are the 8058, 8068, and 8078 mixing consoles.
Tragically, Neve died on 12 February 2021 in Wimberley, Texas, United States.
Now, it boasts more than 4,687 sq ft of accommodation with an impressive reception hall, kitchen/breakfast room, study, sitting room, dining room.
It also has another reception room in the vaulted former school room, and a bedroom with en suite bathroom on the ground floor.
Meanwhile, upstairs there are another five bedrooms and three bathrooms.
Outside there is a detached four-bay garage with a workshop and the property sits in 0.6 of an acre which includes lawn, a terrace and a pond.
In 1997, electronics engineer Nicholas Wright and his family bought the property.
However, he was not aware of the home’s connection to Neve until a few years ago.
And despite being in similar circles with similar clientele to Neve – alongside attending the same trade shows – the pair never met.
Speaking about the incredible home and his reason for selling, Mr Wright said: ‘The Old Church School really is a gem – it’s the perfect combination of being away from the centre of Cambridge, situated in the countryside, but still an easily commutable distance and good transport links to London.
‘It has the benefit of not being listed, despite being a historic Victorian converted school building. This allowed us to improve various parts and turn it into a home that suited us.
‘We rebuilt one end of the house and changed some windows around to make the most of the view across the garden. We’ve renovated the kitchen, a couple of bedrooms and bathrooms, and built a large garage block outside as well, which I’ve used as a workshop.
The Old Church School, a Victorian former school, is now a substantial private six-bedroom home on the edge of the village of Woodditton, Cambridgeshire, close to Newmarket
Nicholas Wright and his family bought the property in 1997. However, he was not aware of the home’s connection to Neve until a few years ago
‘The property still has the original large, vaulted schoolroom, which we now use as a home gym and along with the garage workshop, I could certainly see these spaces being utilised as a recording, photographic or an artist studio.
‘I could see somebody with a strong hobby like that or an interest in the arts, making flexi use of the property for creative hobbies and residential purposes.’
He added that he and his wife held their engagement and wedding reception at the home around 25 years ago.
Mr Wright continued: ‘My wife and I had our engagement and then wedding reception here, 25 years ago this September. Both remain my most fond memories at the Old Church School. The property is fabulous for entertaining and worked perfectly for the occasion – it’s been much more than just a home for us.
‘Obviously, we’ll miss it very much, but it’s time to move on. Due to my retirement, we’re moving a little bit further afield.’