max temp: 12°C

min temp: 7°C


Woodbridge: Historic Old Court House put up for sale by Suffolk Coastal District Council

16:55 26 July 2013

The Old Court House, Woodbridge

The Old Court House, Woodbridge


A historic Grade II listed property dating back to 18th Century is expected to fetch up to £550,000 when it goes under the a hammer.


Suffolk Coastal District Council (SCDC) has put the Old Court House in Woodbridge up for sale.

The three storey building, in the corner of the town’s Market Hill, is being sold at auction on Thursday.

Over the last year or so SCDC has been selling a number of its assets as it looks to trim costs and raise revenue in the face of Government cuts.

Robert Whiting, the district council’s cabinet member for resources, said the Old Court House - which has a guide price of between £450,000 and £550,000 - could be used as a residential property, business premises or care home.

“This is a striking building, in the heart of historic Woodbridge,” he said. “Suffolk Coastal no longer has a use for it, so the money raised from the sale will go towards funding other projects within the district which are in the authority’s capital programme.

“Although we do not need the building, anyone looking at it can see its character and the great potential it has to become a fantastic family home, or continue as a business premises such as a bed and breakfast or a care home again, although any change of use would obviously be subject to acquiring planning permission.”

The Old Court House dates back to 1784 and, as its name suggests, has a link to the local judiciary. It is believed it was used as office accommodation and to house the Coroner’s Office, while the nearby Shire Hall was used as the main courtroom.

More recently, the building has been used as a home for the elderly. It is currently vacant.

Also up for sale at the same auction is a parcel of unused land in Cavendish Road, Trimley St Martin, near Felixstowe.

It has a guide price of £20,000 to £30,000 and the council believes it has “great potential” for development as a building plot subject to obtaining planning permission.

People can view the Old Court House tomorrow between 2pm and 3.30pm, while the auction is taking place at Barnham Broom Golf and Country Club.

For full details on either property contact William H Brown on 01394 380280.



The church is launching its fight back against gangs targeting places of worship for lead. St Mary's Church, Combs Road, Combs. Left to right is Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Kearton and Ipswich Bishop Martin Seeley.

The public have been asked to help the church and the police combat thieves targeting medieval churches across the country.

Aqua 8, Lion Street, Ipswich

An Ipswich chef-entrepreneur has achieved his dream of opening up his own restaurant in London’s Chinatown.

Stock image. Photo: PA

Suffolk police have strongly denied officers have used a Taser against a 91-year-old man after being accused of doing so by a BBC investigation.

Theatre Square artists impression

Construction work to tidy up the former Civic Centre site in the heart of Ipswich – and to create a new public square in front of the New Wolsey Theatre.

Residents have been campaigning for a by-pass for the four villages for decades.

Suffolk County Council is to contribute £450,000 towards building a case for the construction of a new by-pass around four villages on the A12 in the north of the county.

Matt Gaw strikes up a conversation with commuters in London

I’m standing in a queue at a large supermarket. A woman in front of me has long since packed her shopping into carrier bags, writes Matt Gaw.

More than 30 vehicles were stopped as part of the operation

More than 30 drivers of lorries, light goods vehicles and coaches were stopped by police last week in an initiative aimed to target and disrupt criminal activity.

Robin Byford who is considering High Court action against Suffolk Coastal District Council and the planning inspectorate over planning permission to turn his garage into a house.

A Kesgrave father is considering taking the district council and planning inspectorate to the High Court after a three year planning rollercoaster to convert a garage to a starter home for his daughter.

The Kent Lodge Nursing Home.

Kent Lodge was rated inadequate by the CQC this year – one of five homes in the county to be given the rating this year

Robert Morton

MPs have warned the region’s new ambulance chief they will keep a laser like focus on the turnaround of the service when they came face-to-face in parliament.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages