Can a renovated court house make a fun family home? You be the judge…

Fancy living in a converted court house? This characterful conversion is currently on the market

Before your throw the book at the idea of living in such a formal building, check out this quirky renovated court house in Essex.

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The Old Court House dates back to 1858. The Grade-II listed building is highly regarded for its historical interest, having served as a magistrates’ court and as a county court until its closure in 1992. Once court was adjourned, the property was bought by the current owners, who carried about extensive renovation works – resulting in a spacious town house full of character.

The generous home boasts four bedrooms, a reception hall, four living rooms and a large open-plan kitchen.

The impressive exterior

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With such superb architecture, this property is certainly not guilty of being a shrinking violet. The renovation has retained many of the original features, such as the stone royal arms on top of the parapet.

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The kitchen feels incredibly impressive thanks to the double height ceiling. The gilded accessories help to give this room a fancy finish.

Step into the courtroom

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The rooms on the ground floor are arranged around the former court room, which is now an enormous open-plan living space. The impressive room has a ceiling height of six metres!

With walls lined with books and a games room on an elevated gallery, this may feel slightly more like a community hall than a home!

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Image credit: Savills

renovated court house

Image credit: Savills

The Public Waiting Room has become the sitting room, complete with cosy log burner.

renovated court house

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The clever conversion has resulted in the judges’ Robing Rooms being transformed into spacious bedrooms.

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A small courtyard provides adequate outdoor space to enjoy.

renovated court house

Image credit: Savills

The Old Court House seen here in its former glory. The court house dates back to 1858.

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This quirky Old Court House is on the market with Savills, with an asking price of £895,000.

The jury is out on this one.

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