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Church Street, Bicester, Oxfordshire, OX26

££700,000 Offers over

4 Bedroom Town House For Sale

The Old Court House is one of a very few ex-municipal buildings remaining in central Bicester that continue to exhibit their true origins within a residential space. The whole house is utterly intriguing, with evidence of its service as both Court House and Police Station at various points from its construction in 1857 through to the latter half of the 20th century. From cell doors to huge door locks, arc-framed roof trusses to tall, high-set front windows, a deep sense of the history permeates throughout - as well as a sense of fun. This makes for an interesting and rather special environment. And within the more modern period, the conversion to a house has been done with care, even the smaller touches such a heritage-style radiators are what we would hope to find. The house majors on huge downstairs space with large living areas that are rare to find. Sitting opposite the church and just a few moments' walk from the market square, from this front door every amenity is accessed, on foot, within minutes.

Coming in through the original double doors with their huge iron bolts and locks, the impact of the dining room is quite something. Stairs lead up to a galleried landing overhead and on the left the fireplace is an original Victorian item. The room is bright throughout as the height of the ceiling allows for large glazing at the front that brings in excellent light. And for practicality there are huge cupboards built in on the left wall. Turning right you come to the first of the main living spaces, The windows to the front are set high into the wall, a feature found in school or court buildings of this type and era designed to bring in the light without those outside or inside being able to see each other! Being high mounted, the light is excellent, and it reveals a room that is almost 20 ft long and a similar width, a wonderful living area that we are also told has excellent acoustics. To the rear the detailing of vertical bars either side of the chimney stack, to key in with the history, is both clever and fun as a method of separating the two while maximising the light flow once again. Up four steps brings you into a reception that is full height with those same large, tall windows facing out to garden, to which there is also a door here. Look up and the original 1857 arch-frame timbers with their hand-cut dowels really imprint the history as well as being attractive. And the brick fireplace with its thick lintel, and the wood burner within, are a delight for cozy winter evenings.

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Cridland and Co Limited
The Morris Building
Greenway
Caulcott
Oxon
OX25 4NF

01869 343 600
interested@cridlands.co.uk

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