Would you dare live in the magistrates’ court which was built next to Clapham’s old churchyard after being put on the market for £3.5m?
The three-bedroom house was built in 1901 by London County Council as a courthouse, where corpses were examined and public inquiries were made to determine how people died during the Edwardian era.
Located in Clapham, South London, the property has three reception rooms and two bathrooms, plus an additional coach house.
The site on which the courthouse was built adjoined the old Clapham churchyard, which had been closed for burials for over 40 years, next to the local morgue.
The land was purchased by Mr. W. S. Ogivile for £1,500 in 1899. The building was originally priced at a cost of £3,800, but ended up costing £5,290.
A converted 1901 Magistrates’ Court in Clapham, London, is on the market for £3.5m – but bodies have been examined there and public inquests have been held to determine how people died during the Edwardian era.
The property comprises a spacious kitchen, three reception rooms and two bathrooms, plus an additional cottage
The building was originally set to cost £3,800, but ended up costing £5,290.
The listing for the property reads: ‘You really need to fully immerse yourself in the warmth of the interior and appreciate the way this home speaks to history’
In 1926, a change in the law reduced the number of cases a coroner could hold from 26 to 14, causing the court to close in 1930.
Part of the building was also designated as the Office of Weights and Measures.
The listing states: ‘Sensitive refurbishment of the Grade II listed former Magistrates’ Court in Clapham results in a fine pair of contrasting historic family homes with three addresses and range to accommodate multi-generational living or separate work space, plus two gardens and roof terrace with Vauxhall backdrop’ dramatic.
You really need to fully immerse yourself in the warmth of the interior and appreciate the way this home speaks to you.
“There’s an ‘Arts and Crafts’ vibe about it.. The home’s muted neutral tones balance the natural hues of the hardwood floors and paneling that cover some of the reception rooms.”
In 1926 a change in the law reduced the number of cases a coroner could hold from 26 to 14, causing the court to close in 1930
The property is full of character with wood floors, large windows and high ceilings
Located close to Clapham Common, one of the largest parks in South London, the home offers luxury and comfort, with excellent links into central London.
The site on which the court is built is linked to the old Clapham churchyard, which has been closed for burials for over 40 years, next to the local morgue. Pictured: the back of the house
Timber tones are meticulously displayed in the former courtroom, central part of the house and now the main reception area with ornate ceiling beams and statement fireplace.
Meanwhile, the Edwardian building also comes with a coach house building that overlooks the landscaped Garden of Eden. The coach house comes with two double bedrooms, a bathroom and a roof terrace.
Please don’t have any idea this space is just an “addition,” it is not,” the listing reads.
Built at the same time as the main court, The Coach House measures 1,885 square feet.
Whilst it is linked to the main building this is a great home in its own right with a separate private entrance which does not require access through the main house.
“As with the Court House, the sympathetic restoration has produced a wonderfully classic feel to the interior that marries beautifully with the open-plan ground floor, almost loft like feel to it.”
Located close to Clapham Common, the property offers luxury and comfort, with excellent links into central London.
The coach house comes with two double bedrooms, a bathroom and a roof terrace (pictured).
Inside an additional coach house lives another light and modern kitchen
The kitchen in the main house is modern and sophisticated with gray kitchen counters and a high ceiling
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