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The Shire Hall

A Grade I Listed Building in Dorchester, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.7154 / 50°42'55"N

Longitude: -2.439 / 2°26'20"W

OS Eastings: 369101

OS Northings: 90736

OS Grid: SY691907

Mapcode National: GBR PY.RFFM

Mapcode Global: FRA 57S6.1LV

Entry Name: The Shire Hall

Listing Date: 8 May 1950

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1119069

English Heritage Legacy ID: 104381

Location: Dorchester, West Dorset, Dorset, DT1

County: Dorset

District: West Dorset

Civil Parish: Dorchester

Built-Up Area: Dorchester

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Dorchester and West Stafford

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

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Listing Text

(North Side)
The Shire Hall
SY 6990 7/79 8.5.50.
1797 (rainwater head). Architect Thomas Hardwick. Portland ashlar. 2 storeys
7 window. Divided into 3 bays, the centre (3 windows) breaking forward and
having rusticated ground floor with 3 round-arched openings with imposts and
keystones. Each opening has rusticated reveals, double doors, transome and
fanlight. Sash windows above, cornice and pediment. Side bays are 2 windows
with round-headed windows to ground floor. Parapets. Cornice and string course
continuous across facade. At east end of front is the mileage to Hyde Park
Corner, Blandford and Bridport inscribed in contemporary incised lettering.
A tablet states that the Tolpuddle Martyrs were sentenced here in 1834.
Side elevation is red brick. Moulded modillion eaves cornice. 6 sashes with
glazing bars. Rainwater head with "l797".
Interior retains the court-room virtually as it was when the Tolpuddle Martyrs
were tried here. Contemporary wooden dock, bench, jury and witness boxes, and
public galleries.
Nos 48 to 65A (consec)including the Shire Hall, Holy Trinity Church, the Museum,
St. Peter's Church and monument to William Barnes in churchyard immediately south
of West Tower form a group.

Listing NGR: SY6910190736

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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