Cell, cell, sell!

James Taylor at his desk in his office at 116 High Street, Old Portsmouth.

Those halcyon days when pen and paper just worked!

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In August, Pearsons held their regular Hampshire Property Auction and listed in the catalogue was a truly rare lot, a cottage with two police cells attached.

The property was in Paynes Road Southampton – just by Foyes Corner in Shirley. Many years ago this was the local police house and attached are the cells, measuring 11’ x 8’7 with a high barred window at the rear, curved, brick-faced ceilings and the original, metal cell doors complete with peephole and flap to check on those incarcerated within.

The property sold at £151,000 and with some work and imagination will make a great cottage home with room for a business on site.

The next Pearsons auction will be held on October 1 and surprisingly it lists another lot with police cells as part of the accommodation. This time it is an historic house in the centre of Droxford described as ‘an elegant Victorian home with a Health Club business’ and has three cells converted to a sauna complete with the original wooden cell beds, a steam room and a shower room. The ceilings curve and the small windows are high up with one having the original metal door, again complete with peep hole and flap.

The auctioneer, Toby Wheatley said ‘For the first time in my 39 years selling properties in the area I was asked to sell a police cell at the auction in August then the second occasion came about immediately so I will be selling cells again in the next sale. Perhaps police cells are like buses and I will be instructed to sell a cell for the third time in December!’

‘These are very different lot in almost every other way.

‘The Paynes Road cottage needed modernisation and is a very urban location.

‘The buyer will be doing a lot of work to it and will create a very trendy home and business premises’ he continued ‘The Court House at Droxford is a stunning and historic property in a delightful village in East Hampshire.

‘It will make a lovely family home and the scope to an attached business will make it very attractive.’

The guide price is £640,000 - £680,000 and full details can be seen at pearsonsauctions.com