From a former gunpowder warehouse to an old fire station – all of these refashioned properties on Zoopla, starting from £205,000, come with a fascinating previous life.

1. Two-bedroom detached house, Malvern, Worcestershire, for £350,000

The distinctive bright red doors gracing the front of this property give away its former use immediately. The fire station, built in 1897, was converted into a unique home in the 1990s. The two-bedroom property has retained original features such as high-vaulted timber ceiling and a glazed porthole window.

Available via John Goodwin

2. Two-bedroom flat, Southsea, Portsmouth, POA

Ever wondered what it might be like to live inside Big Ben? This Portsmouth Clock Tower could provide a hint. Its top floor has been converted into a luxurious two-level apartment while a balcony – complete with flagpole flying the Union Jack – can be accessed via the original stone spiral staircase, which leads up to the roof.

Available via Fine & Country

3. Ten-bedroom detached house, St Wenn, near Bodmin, Cornwall, for £2.95m

What to do with a discused stone-built mill and adjacent barn on a 90-acre private estate? This one has been combined and converted into a vast and luxurious 10-bedroom home. Set within picturesque Withiel Valley, the rural property is close to Camel Estuary and Padstow in Cornwall.

Available via Rohrs & Rowe

4. One-bedroom property, Maker Point, near Plymouth, for £205,000

It's not often you'll see a 'converted coastal fort home' for sale. But that's exactly what's hit the market for the first time in 20 years. The studio apartment is on the fourth floor of Grade II-listed Fort Picklecombe. Used as a sea defence during the First and Second World Wars, it was released from military use in 1956 and converted into 103 apartments.

Available via Alexander Lush

5. Six-bedroom property, Morcott, Rutland, East Midlands, for £1.5m

This Grade II-listed four-storey, two-bedroom windmill – complete with sails and fantail – is a bizarre extension to an adjacent four-bedroom property, all up for sale within a 15-acre rural retreat. The characterful windmill can be accessed either through the main house or externally, and is currently being used as a holiday let.

Available via Hurfords

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6. Two-bedroom flat, Docklands, London, for £895,000

Hard to believe now, but this modern two-bedroom apartment started out life as a gunpowder warehouse. Demand for gunpowder – employed for military use and blasting mines and quarries up until the mid-19th century – centred on the likes of London, particularly close to the Thames where this conversion is located. 

Available via Cluttons

7. Three-bedroom property, Wirksworth, Derbyshire, for £400,000

This property has undergone not one, but TWO conversions. Starting out as an 18th century silk mill, it then housed the Wirksworth Heritage Centre, before being converted into a spacious home set across three floors with views across to the Derbyshire Dales. Period features include exposed beams and a vaulted ceiling.

Available via Fine & Country

8. Four-bedroom detached house, Shalford, near Guildford, for £1.35m

Seeking a converted former church? Your prayers have been answered. This four-bedroom home for sale in Shalford was formerly a Methodist church, dating back to 1865. Its bespoke kitchen is 'sympathetic to the gothic feel, complementing its high vaulted ceiling and stunning stained glass windows' says the selling agent.

Available via Surrey Estates

9. Two-bedroom maisonette, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, for £275,000

Take custody of this two-bedroom first floor apartment for £275,000. It's contained within Woodstock's former county police station which dates back as far as 1862. Woodstock is a historic market town close to Oxford.

Available via Andrews

10. Six-bedroom property, Yalding, near Maidstone, Kent, for £850,000

From every viewpoint, this converted oast house – once used to dry out hops as part of the beer brewing process – looks fabulous. The original building dates back to 1865 but was converted into a six-bedroom home as recently as 2002. Mainline trains run from nearby Paddock Wood to London in just 45 minutes.

Available via Fine & Country

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