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(Get Surrey)   Always wanted to buy the island the Magna Carta was signed on? Well if you have a measly £3,950,000 lying around, now you can   (getsurrey.co.uk) divider line 27
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2014-08-05 08:32:15 PM
Buy this and you could be a Sovereign Citizen of the UK!
 
2014-08-05 09:41:28 PM
The reminder of the main property includes a dining room to seat 16 people

Does that word mean something different in British?
 
2014-08-05 09:51:21 PM
I thought it was signed on a table, or maybe a desk. A whole island for one document seems a little excessive.
 
2014-08-05 11:43:34 PM
Gosh! I'm not going to have the money in time for the auction. Crumbs!
 
2014-08-05 11:44:31 PM
Island in the Thames? Right-o! ::whips out chequebook::
 
2014-08-05 11:46:13 PM

fusillade762: The reminder of the main property includes a dining room to seat 16 people

Does that word mean something different in British?


E's go' a Cockney accent, innit? The reminder of the pline sties minely in Spine.
 
2014-08-05 11:49:21 PM
Four million pounds won't buy much real estate in the UK let alone that close to London.
 
2014-08-06 12:01:14 AM
I'd buy it, have the stone removed from the charter room, lay down some bamboo flooring and use it to house an extensive collection of reproduction faux retro kitch memorabilia like bad plastic Felix the cat clocks and Betty Boop crap. Then I'd advertise it as an American culture museum and offer tours for the lulz.
 
2014-08-06 12:04:49 AM
i22.photobucket.com
 
2014-08-06 12:16:30 AM
Not a bad price, actually, for what I see in the photos. But, the taxes must suck.
 
2014-08-06 12:27:20 AM
I was gonna make some snarky comment about buying an island without any white sand beaches and having to deal with English weather and people, but in looking at the photos... yeah, that looks nice.

I dunno about 4mil pound sterling nice, but yeah it's nice.
 
2014-08-06 12:30:19 AM

lenfromak: Not a bad price, actually, for what I see in the photos. But, the taxes must suck.


It will be whatever the local council tax is, but it would be around £1300 per year.  Not an exact figure but close enough.
 
2014-08-06 12:33:48 AM

lenfromak: Not a bad price, actually, for what I see in the photos. But, the taxes must suck.


Probably less than you might think - UK property taxes are by "band" and top out at about $5000/year regardless of how expensive a property is.

Inheritance taxes, OTOH, are pretty brutal and kick in at somewhere around $400,000.
 
2014-08-06 12:37:05 AM
Great Britain's up on the bargain block, eh? I should check into it. I really feel like I missed out on a bargain when the Normans snatched it up a millennium ago.
 
2014-08-06 12:58:16 AM
Target Builder: Inheritance taxes, OTOH, are pretty brutal and kick in at somewhere around $400,000.

Which is why Brits are advised to never inherit dollars.
 
2014-08-06 01:00:13 AM
cdn.historyextra.com

King John signed (forced to) the Magna Carta and saved England by dying.
//He pulled the First Homer for the Royal Family
 
2014-08-06 01:12:50 AM

Mantour: [cdn.historyextra.com image 250x331]

King John signed (forced to) the Magna Carta and saved England by dying.
//He pulled the First Homer for the Royal Family


And for his efforts, no British monarch since has been named "John". I think the name has been taboo in the various royal families ever since.
 
2014-08-06 02:17:28 AM
www.doctorwhoreviews.co.uk
 
2014-08-06 02:56:27 AM

GreenAdder: I thought it was signed on a table, or maybe a desk. A whole island for one document seems a little excessive.


Wasn't actually signed at all; John was illiterate.
 
2014-08-06 03:21:14 AM

Spiralmonkey: lenfromak: Not a bad price, actually, for what I see in the photos. But, the taxes must suck.

It will be whatever the local council tax is, but it would be around £1300 per year.  Not an exact figure but close enough.


Plus a one-off £276,500 for stamp duty.
 
2014-08-06 03:23:26 AM

chrylis: GreenAdder: I thought it was signed on a table, or maybe a desk. A whole island for one document seems a little excessive.

Wasn't actually signed at all; John was illiterate.


I thought his parents were married.

*blink*
 
2014-08-06 03:41:27 AM
Magnas, how do they work?

drawception.com
 
2014-08-06 04:33:54 AM

Target Builder: lenfromak: Not a bad price, actually, for what I see in the photos. But, the taxes must suck.

Probably less than you might think - UK property taxes are by "band" and top out at about $5000/year regardless of how expensive a property is.

Inheritance taxes, OTOH, are pretty brutal and kick in at somewhere around $400,000.


I was all for Tax The Rich!!!!! via inheritance taxes until my elderly relatives started popping off.

Then I discovered how easy it had been for them to arrange to avoid UK inheritance tax.

It's pretty pointless - a tax for the moderately-wealthy-but-dumb-or-lazy.

Perhaps that IS the point of it.
 
2014-08-06 05:21:01 AM

redsquid: I'd buy it, have the stone removed from the charter room, lay down some bamboo flooring and use it to house an extensive collection of reproduction faux retro kitch memorabilia like bad plastic Felix the cat clocks and Betty Boop crap. Then I'd advertise it as an American culture museum and offer tours for the lulz.


I was in a house once, that had framed B&W needlepoint pictures of ASCII cats everywhere. It was the height of sophistication. I was off my box on e at the time which really didn't help matters.
 
2014-08-06 08:46:34 AM

chrylis: GreenAdder: I thought it was signed on a table, or maybe a desk. A whole island for one document seems a little excessive.

Wasn't actually signed at all; John was illiterate.


Except he wasn't.  All legal documents of the time were made legal by use of a seal, not because the kings and bishops were illiterate.  John was actually very well educated. He was the son of a king of one country and queen of another, both highly educated. John was initially intended to go into the church.

 King John
 
2014-08-06 08:57:55 AM

redsquid: I'd buy it, have the stone removed from the charter room, lay down some bamboo flooring and use it to house an extensive collection of reproduction faux retro kitch memorabilia like bad plastic Felix the cat clocks and Betty Boop crap. Then I'd advertise it as an American culture museum and offer tours for the lulz.


*monocle*

Egad, man!
 
2014-08-06 09:53:32 AM

redsquid: I'd buy it, have the stone removed from the charter room, lay down some bamboo flooring and use it to house an extensive collection of reproduction faux retro kitch memorabilia like bad plastic Felix the cat clocks and Betty Boop crap. Then I'd advertise it as an American culture museum and offer tours for the lulz.


Put in a starbucks and we have a deal.
 
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