A former school and school house in the Somerset village of Burrowbridge has been sold by Colliers International and Greenslade Taylor Hunt.

Dating back to the 18th century in parts, the school buildings were closed in 2011 but were briefly reopened for use as a flood relief centre during extensive flooding on the Somerset Levels and surrounding area in 2014.

Burrowbridge itself achieved some press prominence during the flooding, and Burrow Mump was often used for panoramic photographs of surrounding waterlogged countryside. However, flooding never affected the former school buildings, which comprise a traditional village primary school with original 18th century two-storey school house and adjoining single-storey school premises.

The building was sold on behalf of the Diocese of Bath and Wells and local trustees to an undisclosed purchaser, with the benefit of planning permission for conversion into two dwellings.

Chris Dawson, development director at Colliers International said: “Although the seller obtained and was able to market the site with the benefit of planning permission for residential conversion, it is possible to envisage other rural uses such as offices or a workshop also being appropriate for the building’s future.

He added: “A number of factors - title, a general association of the area with flooding and an initially challenging planning context - made this a disproportionally complicated sale which we, and agents Greenslade Taylor Hunt, are pleased now to have secured on behalf of the vendor.