The chance to own a police station, complete with courtroom and holding cells, is on ofer at Pugh and Co’snext auction on July 22.
The former Castleford Police Station is on the corner of Jessop Street and Station Road, close to the town centre. The two-storey building has a parking area and yard on a site of 0.42 acres. The interior consists of 10,500 sq ft of accommodation including a reception, oices, meeting rooms, kitchen, stores and an area previously used as a courtroom with stairs leading to cells.
Staff left the building in October last year, moving to a site on Beancroft Road.
Previously, the building was described as “antiquated” by Ch Insp Phil Wright of Wakefield Police, who addded: “With the move of police staff to the new station, the old station on Jessop Street has largely been empty for a number of months and public perception has been that the building has been closed for some time.
“In truth, the building has been used infrequently by members of the public for some time who choose to access their local police officers in a number of different ways.”
Alison Drake, chairwoman of Castleford Heritage Trust, said: “We will be watching it carefully because we don’t want any developers to completely destroy the main part of the building.
“But we also know that it’s got to be a commercial venture and we don’t want a derelict site in the middle of the town.
“There is a lot of history in the building. It’s very precious to us because it tells an important story of our town.”
The building was home to former magistrate Dr Adam Jessop before it was a police station.
For details about the auction, telephone 08442 722 444 or visit the website: www.pugh-auctions.com.