Country manor owner puts family treasures up for sale

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Items from one of Britain's most illustrious stately homes are set to be auctioned so the new owner's children don't break them. 

Henry Berkeley, the youngest son of the late John Berkeley, inherited Spetchley Park in Worcestershire two years ago, and now plans to move into the sprawling manor with his wife and young children. 

But before making the Regency property his family home, he plans to put 400-year-old heirlooms and artefacts under the hammer so that his children 'can roam free without the pressures of being around pieces that are too valuable to risk.'

Mr Berkeley inherited Spetchley Park following the death of his father, while his brother Charles got Berkeley Castle in Gloucestershire, the oldest inhabited fortress in Britain where the aristocratic family have lived for some 800 years. 

He will be selling objects from the house's attics, stores, domestic offices and state rooms amassed over some 400 years. 

Mr Berkeley inherited Spetchley Park in Worcestershire following the death of his father, John Berkeley

Mr Berkeley inherited Spetchley Park in Worcestershire following the death of his father, John Berkeley 

Items set to go under the hammer include a suite of 24 Chinese export wallpaper panels (pictured) circa 1790-1810 which are expected to fetch £50,000-£100,000

Items set to go under the hammer include a suite of 24 Chinese export wallpaper panels (pictured) circa 1790-1810 which are expected to fetch £50,000-£100,000

A private museum in the home dating back to the 1840s is filled with the acquisitions of three generations. 

The collection features items relating to the famed horticulturist Ellen Willmott, whose sister of Rose married into the Berkeley family. 

Other items set to go under the hammer include a suite of 24 Chinese export wallpaper panels, circa 1790-1810 which are expected to fetch £50,000-£100,000, and two medieval embroidered burse panels, circa 1320-1330, worth £20,000-£30,000.   

Spetchley Park was commissioned by Robert Berkeley (1764-1845) and built on an estate which had been in the Berkeley family since 1606.  

Many of the objects offered in the sale date from this time, with pictures likely to have been acquired on a Grand Tour through Europe and

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