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Latitude: 51.2776 / 51°16'39"N
Longitude: 1.091 / 1°5'27"E
OS Eastings: 615679
OS Northings: 157697
OS Grid: TR156576
Mapcode National: GBR TY3.SRL
Mapcode Global: VHLGM.V4NY
Entry Name: Wall and Railings to former Sessions House and Canterbury Prison
Listing Date: 7 September 1973
Last Amended: 21 February 2014
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1097022
English Heritage Legacy ID: 439696
Location: Canterbury, Kent, CT1
Electoral Ward/Division: Barton
Parish: Non Civil Parish
Built-Up Area: Canterbury
Traditional County: Kent
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent
Wall and railings to the former Sessions House and Canterbury Prison.
Wall and railings to Sessions House and Canterbury Prison. The wall extends from the western boundary of the former Sessions House to the former Governor's House of Canterbury Prison, 45 Langport.
MATERIALS: brick wall, stone coping and cast iron railings.
DESCRIPTION: a low brick wall about three feet high with stone coping which is pierced by tall cast iron spear railings. These have columns moulded to resemble fasces at regular intervals, which have additional support from curved iron supports on brick and stone piers to the rear. The wall is interrupted by four carriage openings, two in front of the former Sessions House, one opposite the entrance to Canterbury Prison and one near the former Governor's House to Canterbury Prison, 45 Longport.
This boundary wall and railings of circa 1808 forms part of George Byfield's design for a new gaol and house of correction with an adjoining court house. The design of fasces (a bundle of rods used as a symbol of Roman authority) on the columns echoes the design on the central cornice of the former court house.
Wall and railings to the former Sessions House and Canterbury Prison are listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Date: designed by George Byfield and built between 1806-08 as part of his contract for a gaol and house of correction with an adjoining court house;
* Architectural interest: low brick walls with cast iron railings incorporating columns in the shape of fasces;
* Group value: part of a group with the former Sessions House and Canterbury Prison.
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