THE former home of Alan Turing – whose work was key to breaking the wartime Enigma codes – is up for sale in Wilmslow, Cheshire.

The internationally renowned founder of computer science and celebrated cryptographer cracked the 'Enigma code' during the Second World War, which is said to have helped shorten the war by at least two years and save millions of lives.

The property launch comes around the same time as the release of the new £50 note, which features the codebreaker and coincided with his birthday.

Mr Turing's former home, Copper Folly, has entered the market with a guide price of £1.1m – complete with a blue heritage plaque which highlights its historical importance.

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Semi-detached and set in a private position, the property is renovated to a superb standard throughout, retaining many of its original features.

Andrew Thorpe, head of office, Savills Wilmslow said: "Copper Folly offers the opportunity to purchase a timelessly attractive Victorian residence of historical importance."

Dan Steeds and Jenna Lucas, who are selling the property, added: "Copper Folly has been a wonderful family home and it has been a privilege to live somewhere with such incredible history.

"While we have enjoyed our time here immensely, the time has come to pass it onto someone new who can appreciate it as much as we have."

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Mr Turing was part of an Enigma research section working at Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire.

The first wartime Enigma messages were cracked in January 1940 and Enigma traffic continued to be broken routinely for the remainder of the war.

Born on June 23 1912, Mr Turing studied mathematics at King’s College, University of Cambridge, gaining a first-class honours degree in 1934.

In 1936 his work 'On Computable Numbers' was seen as giving birth to the idea of how computers could operate.

His 'Turing test' also examined the behaviour necessary for a machine to be considered intelligent – the foundation for artificial intelligence.

The wartime hero’s later life was overshadowed by a conviction for homosexual activity, which was later considered unjust and discriminatory.

Mr Turing was convicted of gross indecency for his relationship with a man.

His conviction led to the removal of his security clearance and meant he was no longer able to work for Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).

He was chemically castrated following his conviction in 1952 and died in 1954 at the age of 41.

He was later given a posthumous royal pardon.