Explore this stunning family home hiding a historic secret

The Old Court has one very unexpected feature...


Beautiful home hides historic secret

If you have a spare £795,000 knocking about and fancy living down the road from vegetable-shunning Tory politician Jacob Rees-Mogg, here's an old house you might fancy buying.

We've not sold it well so far, have we? Apologies. But, as an unrelenting estate agent might say, "this baby sells itself".

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It sort of does, you know. You get a hell of a lot for well under £1 million.

The Old Court is a 150-year-old Grade II Listed property with seven bedrooms. And the Victorian home has kept its majestic period features, including vaulted ceilings, lavish stonework... and a magistrates' court.

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Credits: Savills / SWNS.com

Credits: Savills / SWNS.com

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Ah yes. There it is. The 800 sq/ft house, not far from Bristol in Temple Cloud in the Somerset countryside, used to be a working court house.

The grand hall, now used as a dining room, saw many trials. Below it, the original jail cells have been kept – and turned into bedrooms. Even the hatches remain, which staff once used to pass food to prisoners awaiting trial.

In recent years, The Old Court has been used as a luxury guest house. But its owner, John Hampson, has decided that now is the time to sell.

Semi-retired businessman John, 68, said: "We have been here for nearly 20 years.

"We moved from a flat in London because we wanted our young children to have an inside and outside space.

"The most distinctive part is the former courtroom. It is a rather grand room. You can get 60-70 people in there for an event or sit and read a book by the fire.

"We have loved it here but our children have grown up now so there's just the two of us so we don't need something this size."

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Credits: Savills / SWNS.com

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In the main house, there are five bedrooms, a lounge, dining room, study, second reception room, a gym, and a sauna. The three 'jail cell' bedrooms have been made comfortable. No rats or syphilis.

Indeed, perhaps the only downside is living smack bang in the middle of Rees-Mogg's constituency. Although it was his ancestors who probably funded the house's construction, so we should be thankful for that at least.

David Wild, who's been tasked with selling the home, said: "Having been constructed in 1857, the property has a rich history. It was previously a divisional magistrates court and police station, and has over the years been transformed into a residence of style and charm."

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