The Police House was built in the mid-Victorian era and is dated to 1854 according to the date stone on the porch. It was constructed by local builder Giles Holland, who later went on to rebuild the nearby Emmington Church in Chinnor. Reputed to be the earliest surviving Police Station in the county, it was fully operational throughout the latter part of the 19th century and into the late 20th century. Gordon Goody, thought by many to be the mastermind behind The Great Train Robbery, was allegedly detained in The Police Station’s cells after his arrest in 1963.
The Police House is a detached five-bedroom period family home. The property has gone through several permutations over the years and now offers spacious and flexible accommodation, combining wonderful historical features and contemporary living, with the convenience of Thame’s amenities on its doorstep. Evidence of the property’s prior use can be seen throughout. Of particular note are the original barred cell windows and carefully restored cell doors complete with locks and sliding hatches.
The property is approached via gated access and its own private driveway. The main entrance to the property is through a gabled porch which leads to the spacious reception hall, with the ground floor accommodation wrapping around the original police cells. Located off the reception hall is a large sitting room with a strip wooden floor and fireplace with woodburning stove. The room’s original windows flood the space with natural light, creating a warm and inviting ambiance and a wonderful space to entertain and relax. The dining room is situated off the sitting room and provides access to a terraced area at the rear of the property, which has the potential for a lovely and private outdoor entertaining area. There is a secondary staircase to the first floor from the dining room. Leading on from the dining room is an indoor garden room, which is a fabulous enclosed area with excellent potential to be converted into various uses including a secondary living room, superb kitchen/diner or large entertainment room (subject to any necessary consents). The kitchen is located at the front of the property, and has a central island with plenty of storage, some integrated appliances and a staircase leading to the first floor.
The original cells are the real focal point of the ground floor. The current owner uses this wonderful space as an office and an inspirational setting for film and script writing, plus as a photographer’s dark room. The original cell doors and barred cell windows give this room a wealth of unusual and fascinating character.
To the first floor, there is a generous double aspect master bedroom with a dressing room which could potentially be converted into an en suite bathroom if required. There are four further double bedrooms with period features and an abundance of character, and family bathroom.
Grounds and gardens
The property benefits from a private driveway, providing ample parking for several vehicles. There is a secondary gated driveway to the side of the property which provides additional parking and access to the garage.
The garden is mainly laid to lawn, with a mature hedgerow boarding the property’s boundary.
The Old Police House is conveniently situated in the historic market town of Thame. It is positioned just a short stroll from the bustling High Street with all its many amenities. Facilities include Primary Schools, a renowned Secondary School, supermarkets and the usual High Street stores. There are further educational, recreational and social facilities close at hand, in Aylesbury, Bicester and Oxford. Haddenham and Thame Parkway Station is close by and provides quick links to London and the Midlands.
Development Site For SaleThe Old Police Station, Chinnor Road, Thame
*Town Centre Location* A detached five-bedroom family home of 2484sq.ft set in circa 0.25acre.. An internal viewing is highly recommended. Potential for extension or development (stpp).
- Grade II Listed family home
- Five double bedrooms
- Four reception rooms
- Kitchen and separate utility room
- Huge potential for internal modernisation
- Driveway parking for several vehicles
- Large attached garage
- Walking distance to Thame Town Centre
- Large plot of approximately 0.25acre
- Character features throughout