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Former County Court and remains of castle

A Grade I Listed Building in Leicester, City of Leicester

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Latitude: 52.6324 / 52°37'56"N

Longitude: -1.1412 / 1°8'28"W

OS Eastings: 458222

OS Northings: 304190

OS Grid: SK582041

Mapcode National: GBR FFL.17

Mapcode Global: WHDJJ.F3T9

Entry Name: Former County Court and remains of castle

Listing Date: 5 January 1950

Last Amended: 14 March 1975

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1200622

English Heritage Legacy ID: 188600

Location: Leicester, LE1

County: City of Leicester

Electoral Ward/Division: Castle

Built-Up Area: Leicester

Traditional County: Leicestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Leicestershire

Church of England Parish: Leicester St Mary de Castro

Church of England Diocese: Leicester

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Listing Text

This list entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 11/05/2018

SK 5804 SW

Leicester Castle
Former County Court and remains of Castle

(Formerly listed as County Court (including remains of Castle) CASTLE YARD)


The front of circa 1695 a pleasing red brick single storey and attic range, early stone plinth, seven windows, centre breaking forward with two, and double entrance door under a Venetian window, in which the centre has 'Gothic' glazing bars. Remaining windows have flat arches of brick with modern tall two-light mullion/transom casements in heavy moulded frames. Central segmental headed doorway with fanlight and panelled doors. Good heavy modillion eaves cornice and open modillion pediment over centre. Band at sills. Two pedimented dormers. End elevation has large C18 round-arch window with intersecting glazing bars.

Built on site of castle of which the C11 or C12 Great Hall has been converted to modern Assize Court. Although much altered it was originally aisled, 84 ft by 58 ft and said to be the oldest surviving aisled and bay-divided hall in Europe. The roof is possibly C14. Original dungeons. C19 alterations. Mid/late C19 addition at rear. The Great Hall and Dungeons are a Scheduled Monument.

All the listed buildings in Castle Street, Castle View and Castle Yard together with Skeffington House, the Iron Gates, Chantry House and Newarke Wall all in The Newarke form a group.

Listing NGR: SK5822204190

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

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