The Old Police Station, is understood to be the first Station in Lyme Regis. The property is Listed Grade II of architectural or historic importance and has a number of important character features typical of its age and type including flagstone floors, window shutters, exposed flooring, feature brick and flint walls and stripped antique pine doors. The accommodation is extremely spacious with a large hallway leading to an attractive sitting room with window shutters, oak flooring and trap door leading down to a cellar/occasional dining room. There is also a spacious kitchen/breakfast room and two former cells, one being used as a utility room. On the first floor are 3 double bedrooms and modern fitted bathroom. There is the added benefit of a new gas boiler (Autumn 2016) together with complete new roof coverings and new felting.
The property is presented in excellent order throughout.
A BRIEF HISTORY
The Old Police Station is situated in the oldest street in the heart of the town and is one of the significant buildings in the history of Lyme Regis. There have been houses, yards, stables, passages and gardens in Coombe Street and around the Town Mill since the 14th Century.
The earliest documents obtained from Dorset County Archive Services that relate specifically to this property date from 1767 the Indenture and Release of its sale to Samuel Pitfield by Thomas Keynes. Subsequent owners included disgraced MP for Harwick John Attwood, and Lord Vaux of Harrowden.
The current property was re-modelled on the site of the former merchants house, to become Lyme Regis first Police Station in 1868. This followed the formation of the Dorset County Constabulary in 1855. It was one of the earliest Police Stations in Dorset. The front face of the property is backed by a much older Blue Lias and churt wall.
There is a photograph taken in 1887 Sgt. Sprackling & Two Constables Outside Old Police Station Queen Victorias Jubilee. This was given to the present owner by a local resident whose family remembered the event.
The property (as part of a group) was Grade II Listed in 1974 and behind the prominent brick and flint frontage contains several features that are further evidence of its police function:
Two cells with the original reinforced doors, serving flaps and spy holes
A wide front door and hallway where persons placed under arrest would have been escorted from the street straight through to the cells to the rear
A bell tower used to call in assistance in the event of an incident in the town
The remains of a stable where the police horses were kept, situated in the corner of the separate walled garden
The bell that was housed in the bell tower from 1868 is now on display in the Lyme Regis Town Museum. It has its own history it was cast in 1647.
The building immediately to the rear of the Old Police Station (9b) was once the sergeants accommodation. This is now a separately owned dwelling.
The property was the towns Police Station for over 60 years until 1929, when the station was relocated to Hill Street. The property has been in private ownership since 1929.
At the rear is a gravelled courtyard with steps and cobbled path with a right of pedestrian access over the adjoining cottage (Old Mill Cottage). This leads down to a separate enclosed garden approximately 30 in length which is mainly walled with the remains of a former stable.
There are public car parks in Hill Road and Charmouth Road. Annual permits are available.
Ideally located in the heart of this historic town and just set back from the seafront and promenade. Lyme Regis is a picturesque and historic coastal town famous for The Cobb and harbour, the town retains numerous historic buildings and also provides good shopping and business facilities.
Lyme Regis is located on the stunning World Heritage coastline, known as the Jurassic Coast and the immediate locality is designated as being one of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Coombe Street is very picturesque and lies within the conservation area. Lyme Regis has a thriving community with a cinema, theatre, art and jazz and fossil festivals plus sailing and boating activities.
Nearby Axminster has a mainline rail service to London and the historic market town of Bridport is only about 12 miles to the east.