So you want to live... in a former razor-blade factory

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The four-storey tower was originally a highly successful brewery during the 18th century, before its more recent conversion in 1921

Is this cutting-edge design?

Actually, it's more low-key Georgian redbrick. The four-storey tower was originally a highly successful brewery during the 18th century, before its more recent conversion in 1921.

Where do the razors come in?

The property was then taken over by some sharp Edwardian entrepreneur who established the Ace Razorblade Company (apparently a very popular brand with the armed forces during the Second World War), which became a highly successful cottage industry, until he died 30 years later.

So no more razors?

Correct. The business closed down (alongside his breakfast-cereal enterprise "Myflake", which had also done a roaring local trade) and the son used the premises as a motor-repair shop for some years, before selling it. It remained derelict until the Seventies when it was subsequently converted into a rather quirky four-bedroom residential property.

Give me a tour

Situated in South Creake, Norfolk, this rustic-edged property comprises a recently refurbished, timber-clad kitchen/breakfast-room, with double doors leading to the enclosed rear garden. The first floor contains an amply sized sitting-room featuring a (rather ugly) balcony that overlooks the small garden. The remaining two floors house a master bedroom (incorporating a second mezzanine bedroom) and two further bedrooms. Outside, the small garden leads to a small stream.

Any decent views?

The top two bedrooms give an impressive view of the village and the surrounding countryside, and the nearest town, Burnham Market is five miles away - so this is one for those looking for a bit of peace and quiet.

How much?

Oliver's Tower is for sale at Sowerbys (01485 520 281; www.sowerbys.com) for £385,000 and would suit families looking for a second home.

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