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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
Plus Code: 9C2VPH86+59
Entry Name: The Shire Hall
Listing Date: 8 May 1950
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1119069
English Heritage Legacy ID: 104381
Location: Dorchester, Dorset, DT1
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
HIGH WEST STREET (North Side)
The Shire Hall
1797 (rainwater head). Architect Thomas Hardwick. Portland ashlar. Two storeys, seven windows. Divided into three bays, the centre (three windows) breaking forward and having rusticated ground floor with three 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 two 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. Six sashes with
glazing bars. Rainwater head with "1797".
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
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