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Historic Property Resembling a Grade II-Listed Prison Emerges for Auction, Linked to Wartime Role

A property reminiscent of a Grade II-listed prison, complete with an unsettling sign, has been introduced to the auction market with a starting price of £160,000.

What catches the eye is the presence of an eerie sign reading “prisoner of war,” crafted from what appears to be aged metal bars, evoking the aura of a bygone jail cell window.

Located in Bawdsey, Suffolk, this somber abode stands as a bare concrete structure, devoid of any flooring, wallpaper, or paint, and crowned by a roof of weathered tin.

Its historical roots trace back to the 1940s when the property is believed to have been employed to house high-precision range finders.

Moreover, this structure is thought to have served as a communication hub for searchlight positions and artillery during the wartime era.

While traditional windows are conspicuously absent, small apertures punctuate the concrete walls, and an opportunity to insert a door on the side of the property remains.

Unfortunately, the interior has been marred by graffiti scrawled across its walls.

Despite its decrepit state, the property is slated for auction on July 26th, with an estimated value of £160,000. Remarkably, the property listing hardly alludes to its peculiar interior.

Instead, it emphasizes the picturesque sea view and the presence of 0.2 acres of land.

Spanning a generous area of 7.15 square feet, the property extends over three levels, although regrettably, there exists no staircase connecting these floors.

The property’s description reads: “The Battery Observation Post holds the distinction of being Grade II Listed.

“Its origins are believed to stem from the 1940s, characterized by reinforced concrete construction and a cantilever roof gracing the balcony that offers scenic vistas of the sea.

“It has been recognized that the upper story once sheltered high-precision range finders, operating as a pivotal communication centre connecting the searchlight placements and artillery positions.

“This structure is said to have functioned as the strategic hub for the emergency coastal defense battery.

“It is envisaged that those interested could explore diverse potential applications.

“Although the prospect of a residential dwelling was denied in the late 1980s, there’s evidence that in September 2002, Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent were granted for repurposing it as a holiday unit.

“Regrettably, this transformation did not come to fruition at that time.”

Sam Allcock
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With over 20 years of experience in the field SEO and digital marketing, Sam Allcock is a highly regarded entrepreneur. He is based in Cheshire but has an interest in all things going on in the North West and enjoys contributing local news to the site.
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