The phrase ‘if walls could talk’ is often used when it comes to historic properties and in the case of a flat on sale in Staines, the walls could tell you some fascinating stories about criminals as far back as the Victorian era.
The £250,000 flat in London Road has recently gone on the market and is one of 14 within the Old Police Station, about half of which have sold so far.The typical flat has one bedroom with an en-suite bathroom and kitchen area.James King, branch manager at The Frost Partnership, said: “It’s the only Victorian police station in the town. It’s historic, because it’s been there for over a hundred years.”
The kitchen and living room area at the centre of the flat (Image: The Frost Partnership)
In fact, its history as a police station goes back nearly 144 years.Some of Staines’ earliest known police history dates back to an unknown location on that same London Road, where the first police station was situated.
It was manned by the Kensington Division of the Metropolitan Police, with a captain, corporal and five troopers.The Old Police Station building for sale today started out with one storey. It was used as a veterinary surgery before it was purchased by the police in 1876 for £500, who modified it before officers moved in during July of that year.
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The central police station today in Staines is in Kingston Road, which was added in 2002, built in a style that complemented the other. Its creation would see the Old Police Station go out of use, but there is still evidence of the building’s history today, not least the ‘police’ sign which has remained intact.
Despite its modern interiors, Mr King says there is still evidence inside of its history in the flats. He said: “You’ve got a lot of features there. Internally, you’ve got a lot of big high ceilings and big windows.”
The bedroom. The total floor area of the flat is 378 square ft.He added: “It’s quite imposing and almost iconic today. Everyone knows where it is.”Its veterinary history is also not the earliest history associated with the building – in an excavation around 2000 and 2001, there was evidence found of Roman rituals, including early human burials and cremations.
Special Thanks to Get Surrey for their Article- https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/you-can-live-converted-police-17661233