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Jacko's country home is looking like our Foxy hit

PUBLISHED: 17:03 08 April 2009 | UPDATED: 11:08 12 August 2010

THE world s most famous singer Michael Jackson will stay at an Elizabethan-style mansion during his O2 arena 50-date tour, it is rumoured.

THE world's most famous singer Michael Jackson will stay at an Elizabethan-style mansion during his O2 arena 50-date tour, it is rumoured.

The Times has it on good authority that the controversial star will live at privately owned Foxbury Manor in Kemnal Road, Chislehurst.

It is owned by a wealthy Turkish family and Jacko will reportedly pay £1 million for the pleasure.

Our source who wished to remain anonymous said: "Apparently he is keen to avoid central London, after the chaos the other month and wants to steer clear of Greenwich as it is full of tourists. It is also close to the O2. It is thought he will fly directly into Biggin Hill to avoid press at the main airports."

The house was commissioned by Henry Frederick Tiark, part-owner of Schroders Bank, in 1875 after buying 100 acres of what was then open countryside.

Built by David Brandon, a fashionable architect, the imposing property is over 22,000sq ft, with the main bedroom alone sprawling 1,800sq ft. It was later acquired by Woolwich Building Society who spent £750,000 refurbishing the property in 1994, using four miles of cabling, 1,000sq ft of wallpaper, 1,600sq metres of carpet and 12,000 litres of paint. In 2002, the house was bought by property developers the Cathedral Group who later sold it in 2005 to a private buyer.

While developing the house, Cathedral Group owner Richard Upton said: "I don't know of any families these days with enough faces to look out of all those windows. It is a big house. I'm still discovering rooms I didn't even know existed. I found a gym yesterday."

In 2006 Mr Upton estimated Foxbury Manor was worth more than £14 million.

Jacko will be able to enjoy a pint at one of Chislehurst's most pubs, the Bull's Head, just five minutes away in Royal Parade where the veggie King of Pop can order baked Cannelloni or Portobello mushrooms for his tea.

katherine.nelson@archant.co.uk

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