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County Court Office

A Grade II* Listed Building in Bridgwater, Somerset

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Latitude: 51.1293 / 51°7'45"N

Longitude: -3.0023 / 3°0'8"W

OS Eastings: 329956

OS Northings: 137142

OS Grid: ST299371

Mapcode National: GBR M5.9367

Mapcode Global: VH7DH.XW45

Entry Name: County Court Office

Listing Date: 16 December 1974

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1197407

English Heritage Legacy ID: 373966

Location: Bridgwater, Sedgemoor, Somerset, TA6

County: Somerset

District: Sedgemoor

Civil Parish: Bridgwater

Built-Up Area: Bridgwater

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

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Listing Text


736-1/10/151 (North side)
16/12/74 County Court Office


Court house. Foundation stone laid 9.6.1824. Architect Richard
Carver. Ham Hill stone with slate roof. Rectangular plan.
2 storeys; symmetrical 5-window range. Cornice and blocking
course returned to the sides; the 3 central bays are stepped
forward under a pediment supported by 2 Ionic pillars and
Tuscan antae; outer bays have tripartite windows between
Tuscan pilasters. Flat arches to windows on the first floor,
which are 6/9-pane sashes with shallow panelled aprons; the 3
central 6/6-pane sash ground-floor windows have segmental
arches and are set back under a segmental arcade with Tuscan
To the outer bays, under tripartite windows, are similar
segmental arches on Tuscan pilasters, that to the left has C20
planked double doors, that to the right has steps up to a C20
six-panel door, raised-and-fielded to the top beaded to the
base with vertical bead down the centre, under a
segmental-arched overlight of 2 panes.
INTERIOR: entrance hall to right has full-width stone flags,
high skirting board, 6-panel door to central room to left, a
semi-elliptical-arched recess with C20 door to rear left
leading to the stairs and a tall narrow semicircular-arched
recess in angle of corner to rear right. The right-hand wall
of office to centre has a wide semi-elliptical arched recess
over the door flanked by concave quadrant recesses so angled
as to form an even deeper recess; the moulded cornice follows
the contours.
The circular open-well staircase has stick balusters, a
wreathed curtail step, a continuous rail wreathed around a
turned newel. Rooms to rear are remodelled. Courtroom on first
floor has a segmental barrel-vaulted ceiling with 3 rows of 3
square panels, 3 narrow panels over the bench, thick box
cornice and ornamental ventilation rose to centre. The
furnishings are c1930, of oak, with a coat of arms over the
SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: cast-iron bootscrapers flank the
entrance, these are inverted semi-circles raised on moulded
stems with a blade to centre and ornamental knobs to sides.
(Buildings of England: Pevsner N: South and West Somerset:
London: 1958-: 98).

Listing NGR: ST2995637142

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