A former courthouse in Chelsea, where trials for crimes including highway robbery and drunken behaviour were held, has been converted into a £14.5m luxury home.The 18th-century courthouse is located on Chelsea’s Justice Walk and is one of London’s last remaining local courthouses.
Legend has it a secret underground passage below the building was used to transport the most dangerous convicts to the prison ships moored on the banks of the River Thames.
The main house boasts five bedroom suites, each with en-suite bathrooms. The grand master bedroom occupies the entire top floor, serviced by his and hers luxurious en-suite bathrooms and walk-in wardrobes.
Alan Russell, founder of Chelsea estate agents Russell Simpson, commented: “The Court House is the jewel in the crown of Old Chelsea, it is a property that truly encapsulates the history of Chelsea. From the handsome brick exterior to its monumental double-height sitting room, adorned by marvellous tall original Victorian windows, The Court House has been significantly restored into a diverse property.
“There is a lot of interest in property in this area. In January alone, we sold five properties that were valued at roughly the same price as this home – one to British buyers and four to overseas buyers. We’ve had offers very close to the asking price for The Court House.”