Hardcore fans of the board game Clue now have a chance to own an iconic part of the game’s history. The house that inspired the game is currently on the market, entertaining offers starting at £1 million.
Tudor Close was built in Rottingdean, East Sussex in the 1920s. As its name suggests, it was designed in the style of a traditional Tudor manor. Upgrades to the property in 1937 inspired parts of the board game that many fans will recognize, such as a ballroom and a billiards room. The property was used as a hotel for a short time before it was converted back to a private home.
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The game of Clue was created during the Second World War by British couple Anthony and Elva Pratt. Early versions were called Murder at Tudor Close after the game's muse. Prototypes also had a few other distinct differences—including additional characters and weapons that never made it into the final version, like a bomb, a hypodermic needle, and a shillelagh.
When the game was officially introduced to the public in 1949, it was known as Cluedo in the UK and Clue in North America. The popular board game has inspired a number of spin-offs in other forms of media, the most well-known being the 1985 film Clue, starring Eileen Brennan and Tim Curry. The film also spawned a musical adaptation. Clue: The Musical opened in 1995, and featured audience participation.
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Needless to say, the game of Clue is a timeless classic that has provided players with hours of fun and even inspiration for other forms of entertainment. As for Tudor Close, this one-of-a-kind connection to the game is a 3,000 square foot property, boasting four bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a secret passageway, through which Colonel Mustard himself could sneak into the hall with a candlestick.