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GRO Old Police Station IMG 1658
What: Historical building
Where: Badbrook
Then: Built around 1800, this was at one time the home of the Rev John Williams who preached a sermon against duelling, following one of the last duels fought on British soil, in Stroud! Later in 1858, it was converted to a Police Station and the Petty Sessional Court (magistrates court) was next door
Now: In 1969, the Police and Magistrates moved home to their present buildings in Parliament Street and Willow House reverted to private and business use

The old police station at Badbrook started life as a private house called Willow House built for Robert Hughes in around 1800. It was later the home of the Rev. John Williams, who preached a sermon against duelling. Originally, the front door was approached by a flight of eight or nine steps, but the road level has been changed and these are no longer needed.

Willow House was converted into a police station in 1858, by James Medland, and enlarged at the rear by him in 1885-86. The Petty Sessional Court (magistrates' court) next door, with its tall late 17th century-style windows, was added in 1908 by Robert Philips.

The house ceased to be used as a police station and magistrates' court in 1969, when the present buildings were built in Parliament Street.

From January 2016, this website is managed by Stroud Local History Society