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This historic family home used to be a court, police station and jail

Katie Avis-Riordan
Photo credit: Savills

From House Beautiful UK

The Old Court in Temple Cloud, Bristol, has a fascinating and rich history – it was once a magistrates' court and police station.

The Grade II listed property was built in 1857 but has been transformed into a unique and stylish eight-bedroom family home, and it's now for sale.

Some of the best remnants of the property's past are still very much present. The magistrates' courtroom is still fully intact, and the building has kept the original jail cells with vaulted brick ceilings and hatches to feed the prisoners, and the small stone staircase which the convicts used to emerge via a trapdoor in the floor remains too.

Photo credit: Savills
Photo credit: Savills
Photo credit: Savills

The impressive baronial courtroom is almost 40 ft long with vaulted ceilings. The Victorian Gothic style house has also retained the Judges' Master Suite, which now comes with a Jacuzzi and sauna room.

Covering 6,641 sq ft, the property has four ground floor reception rooms, and within the eight bedrooms, five have ensuite bathrooms. The ground floor has the wonderful 'Jail Cell' suite, comprising of three bedrooms and bathrooms within the old jail cells.

The home also comes with a gym, study/library and games room. While outside, there is a terrace, pond and waterfall.

Photo credit: Savills
Photo credit: Savills
Photo credit: Savills

The Old Court has previously been run as a B&B, which is an option for the next purchaser.

'In the past, The Old Court has operated as a popular bed and breakfast and there is scope to develop this business further, more latterly however it has been lived in as a well-loved family home,' said David Wild of the Savills Clifton Office.

This property is available for £795,000 through Savills.

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