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19th Century court turned house up for sale in Royston

The Old Magistrates' Court on Priory Lane, Royston Credit: Royston & District Museum

A 19th Century police station and magistrates court is up for sale in Hertfordshire, complete with three prison cells.

The Old Magistrate's Court on Priory Lane in Royston has been converted into a four bedroom town house and is on the market for £800,000.

The three former cells are now used as a gym, a utility room and a study, while the old courtroom which was last in session in 1990, is a lounge and dining area.

One of the cells is used as a utility room Credit: ITV News Anglia

"People are always sort of taken back by it, I'm not sure if they're daunted by the history of it, it's a bit quirky for them, but people are always amazed by it and we're just waiting for the right person to come along and buy it."

– Laura Browning, Fine & Country
The hallway where the cells are Credit: ITV News Anglia

"It's always fun to say come and visit me in prison. You're living in a part of history and its quite a dark, potentially dark history, so there's that feeling that this is a place that had meaning to a lot of peoples lives. It's quite a creative space I feel, I spend a lot of time in the cells actually just working, you've got total isolation."

– Tameen Antoniades, Owner


One of the world's oldest museums is under threat

A campaign has been launched to save Wisbech museum in Cambridgeshire. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A campaign has been launched to save a Fenland town's museum which is also one of the oldest purpose-built libraries in the world

Funding for Wisbech's museum has been cut despite housing a treasure trove of items ranging from Napoleon's breakfast set to the original manuscript of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations.

It is a treasure trove of fascinating artefacts that is testament to the Victorian desire to make knowledge accessible to all. The museum was built in 1847 and still contains its original mahogany display cases full of beautiful objects.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Matthew Hudson

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