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Old Prison House, Harbour Road   Wigtown  DG8 9EN


Old Prison House, Harbour Road

Designed by Thomes Brown junior, Architect to the Prison Board of Scotland, and completed in 1848, this unique and imposing Category B Listed building served as a prison until the late 1870s when it was adapted for use as a Police Station by the Wigtownshire Constabulary. It became a private residence in the 1950s.

It incorporates numerous period features:- working shutters, fireplaces, original cell doors, iron bars to some windows and panelled doors. Some rooms have arched ceilings and stone slabs floors - a clue to their cellular origins. Inmates’ graffiti scratched into the white washed cell walls completes the scene.

An extensive programme of renovation and repair has been carried out by the current owner however there is further work to be done, albeit on a lesser scale. Also there is potential for the development of the cells into habitable accommodation which could provide income in connection with the tourist industry or Wigtown’s Book Town status (subject to the appropriate Planning Permission and Listed Building Consents being obtained).

The property is situated in a quiet residential area, 5 minutes walk to the town centre and commands expansive views over Wigtown Bay (with its associated Nature Reserve) and onto the Galloway Hills, and is set in ½ acre of garden ground, part of which is enclosed by a high stone wall (former prison yard).

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Accommodation comprises:- Ground Floor - Entrance Hall. Kitchen/diner. Pantry. Former Prison Keeper’s Office. 4 Cells and old prison laundry. First Floor - Former Prison Keeper’s Parlour. 3 double Bedrooms (1 En-suite and 1 inter-connecting with main bathroom). Bathroom.


Hardwood panelled exterior door, original stone slab floor, mechanical “servants” gate bell, stone stairway to first floor accommodation. Understairs storage cupboard. Radiator.

Kitchen/diner - 4.96m x 3.87m
Spacious family kitchen/diner with two east facing windows and a north facing French window, all with working shutters, fitted with a good range of shaker style base units and a glass fronted dresser, plentiful work surfaces incorporating single drainer composite sink and induction hob, integrated double oven and dishwasher. Sandstone feature fireplace with woodburning stove. Two radiators.

Pantry - 2.15m x 1.83m
East facing window with shutters, arched ceiling, stone slab floor, a range of open shelving, further range of glass fronted cupboards with space for washing machine and drier beneath, space for fridge/freezer.

Office - 2.21m x 1.73m
East facing window with shutters, arched ceiling, fireplace, original shelving and radiator.

Cell Area

The cell area extends to approximately 66m2 and offers excellent potential for further development. A door from the hall leads to 13.8m corridor with cells opening off, boiler/dryer room, large storage cupboard (housing hot water storage unit), surface mounted electrical conduit.

Former Prison Laundry/Bathroom - 4.00m x 2.25m
Large stone fireplace, stone slab floor, high cast iron window in sandstone surround, arched ceiling.

Cell 1 - 4.00m x 2.25m
Stone slab floor, high cast iron window in sandstone surround, fitted WC and wash hand basin.

Cell 2 - 4.00m x 2.25m
Stone slab floor, high cast iron window in sandstone surround.

Cell 3 - 4.00m x 2.25m
Stone slab floor, high cast iron window in sandstone surround.

Cell 4 - 4.00m x 2.13m
Stone slab floor, high cast iron window in sandstone surround and corner fireplace.


Small landing giving access to parlour, bedroom 3 and inner corridor.

Former Prison Keeper’s Parlour - 5.18m x 3.89m
Three east facing window with shutters giving wonderful views (even to the Cumbrian Hills on a clear day) and further north facing window, slate fire surround with cast iron grate, picture rail and wooden floor. Three radiators.

Bedroom 3 - 3.90m x 2.22m
South and east facing windows with shutters, arched ceiling, wooden floor, radiator.

Inner Corridor - 10.54m x 1.36m
Giving access to bedrooms 1 and 2 and bathroom, north facing secondary glazed window, airing cupboard and radiator.

Bedroom 1 (En-suite) - 5.14m x 3.84m
Two secondary glazed west facing windows with open aspect and further south facing “arrow-slit” stained glass window. Slate fire surround with cast iron grate, wooden floor and two radiators (encased).

En-suite Shower Room - 2.47m x 1.62m
Fully tiled shower cubicle with electric shower. Low level WC, basin unit with storage under, chrome ladder style heated towel rail. East facing window.

Bedroom 2 (Former Debtors Cell) - 4.88m x 3.88m
Two secondary glazed west facing windows with open aspect, arched ceiling, wooden floor and two radiators. Inter-connecting door to main bathroom.

Bathroom - 4.04m x 2.10m
Partially tiled walls, arched ceiling, west facing secondary glazed window. Roll top bath, shower cubicle, integrated low level WC, basin unit with storage, linen cupboard and radiator. Doors to bedroom 2 and corridor.

A gravelled driveway gives access from the public road through iron gates and provides ample space for off-road parking and turning. Part of the ½ acre plot is enclosed by a high stone wall (former prison yard) and incorporates a patio area, covered veranda (former prisioners’ enclosure) orchard area, raised vegetable beds, fruit cage and various well stocked flower beds. Oil tank. Large lawned area to the front with numerous trees and shrubs. .

Single garage extending to 5.02m x 3.06m.
Large woodstore
Former stone built prison fumigation room .

Mains supplies of water and electricity. The property is connected to the mains drainage system. Oil fired central heating. EPC = F.

Council Tax:
The property is in Band D.

By arrangement with the Selling Agents on 01671 404100.

Offers in the region of £270,000.

Other Properties in the £270,000 range (Plus or Minus 10%)

Note: Genuinely interested parties should note their interest with the Subscribers in case a closing date for offers is fixed.
However, the vendor reserves the right to sell the property without setting a closing date should an acceptable offer be received.

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