Royston Police Station and Magistrates’ Court

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Overview

Nation   England

County   Hertfordshire

Location   Priory Lane (near junction with Market Hill),  Royston

Map location   exact or closely approximate

Year opened   1883

Year closed   1991

Century of Operation   1800-1899, 1900-1999

Building Type   Police Station, Courthouse

Remarks   Before the boundary changes of the 1890s the county boundary between Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire ran east-west through the centre of town along the middle of Melbourn Street. (Martin Dawes, Geograph). Both Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire Constabularies maintained police stations in the town.

Descriptions

'Old court, police station and police sergant’s house, Priory Lane. Built in 1883, these buildings form an important part of the town’s history. They are an attractive group of buildings of similar design and materials, constructed of gault bricks with red brick and terracotta dressings, and with small paned casement windows. Unfortunately the railings to the front wall no longer exist. '

North Herts District Council, ‘Royston: Register of Buildings of Local Interest’, Part 3, 27 March 2007

'The Old Magistrates Court in Hertfordshire has an interesting history. Originally built in 1883 as part of Royston's Police Station and Sergeant's House, the courtroom and cells still remain in this renovated home. The four-bedroom detached house, located in Royston, Hertfordshire, covers 3,100 square feet, and has four reception rooms, a two-room cellar, utility room and a distinctive open-plan kitchen/dining/living room, with granite work surfaces, a central island, integrated appliances and mezzanine family room above....[the former] cell number one is now a study featuring a drop glass desk with chain supports, spot lighting and a cast iron radiator. Cell two is now a gym, and cell three is a utility room with a range of base and wall mounted units, an oak worktop and an inset Belfast sink. '

Kate Avis-Riordan, House Beautiful magazine, 'Former police station and sergeant's house is now a charming family home'.

'It was built in the late 19th century and originally formed the town’s courthouse and police station, but after having been left vacant for a considerable period of time, it was used as an office in the mid1990s and then converted into this fabulous home four years ago by a local developer... The old prison cells – complete with the original cell doors – have been transformed into an office, a home gym and a utility room, and the open-plan kitchen, dining and living area, used to be the old courtroom'

Fine & Country Estate Agents, 'The Old Magistrates' Court' (sales particulars)

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SOURCES

    North Herts District Council, ‘Royston: Register of Buildings of Local Interest’, Part 3, 27 March 2007

  • https://www.north-herts.gov.uk/sites/northherts-cms/files/royston_register_of_buildings_of_local_interest.pdf
  • Kate Avis-Riordan, House Beautiful magazine, 'Former police station and sergeant's house is now a charming family home', 29 March 2017.

  • https://www.housebeautiful.com/uk/lifestyle/property/news/a1468/renovated-former-police-station-for-sale/
  • Fine & Country Estate Agents, 'The Old Magistrates' Court' (sales particulars)

  • https://cdn.fineandcountry.com/property/7/50068648/MED_50068648_50350564.pdf

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