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The Law Courts

A Grade II Listed Building in Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton

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Latitude: 52.5862 / 52°35'10"N

Longitude: -2.1304 / 2°7'49"W

OS Eastings: 391261

OS Northings: 298714

OS Grid: SO912987

Mapcode National: GBR 1CK.S9

Mapcode Global: WHBFZ.78S6

Plus Code: 9C4VHVP9+FR

Entry Name: The Law Courts

Listing Date: 16 July 1949

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1201845

English Heritage Legacy ID: 378506

Location: St. Peter's, Wolverhampton, WV1

County: Wolverhampton

Electoral Ward/Division: St Peter's

Built-Up Area: Wolverhampton

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Midlands

Church of England Parish: Central Wolverhampton

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield

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895-1/11/276 (West side)
16/07/49 The Law Courts
(Formerly Listed as:
NORTH STREET, Wolverhampton
(West side)
Town Hall)


Shown on O.S. map as Town Hall.
Town Hall, now Crown Courts. 1867-71. By E.Bates. Ashlar with
brick returns, slate roofs. 2 storeys with attic; 15 bays,
centre bay and 2 bays at each end project. French Renaissance
style. Rock-faced plinth, band over ground floor, giant angle
pilasters and top entablature with balustraded parapet; centre
bay has paired pilasters. Ground floor has segmental-headed
windows with keystones and sashes; 1st floor has round-headed
casement windows in recesses with flat pilasters, archivolts
and keystones, that to centre is Venetian window with enriched
spandrels and large keystone, bracketed balcony has panel with
town arms; frieze above is panelled. Segmental-headed central
entrance has architrave, keystone and lamp bracket with later
lamp, paired panelled doors. Central bay has clock to parapet
with segmental pediment and 6 flanking urns, domical vault
with iron cresting and 2 enriched bulls' eyes; flanking stacks
with cornices; end bays have round-headed dormer windows with
segmental pediments and flanking urns, pavilion roofs have
iron cresting and flanking stacks. Returns have similar
treatment to 1st 2 bays with blind windows, the rest of brick
with windows in round-headed recesses over basement due to
slope of ground, 3 bays to right return have large windows to
former council chamber. INTERIOR: octagonal entrance hall has
piers with Corinthian capitals, coved ceiling and lantern with
moulded surround; elliptical arch to entrance has coffered
soffit, wood balustraded balcony above; entrances to left and
right have panelled pilaster strips and friezes under consoled
segmental pediments and paired panelled doors; staircase leads
off hall to rear, square balusters to swept-out handrails,
statue of G.B.Thorneycroft, the 1st mayor, 1851, taken from
his grave in Wolverhampton Cemetery in 1874; other faces have
niches with coffered vaulting; floor has central panel of
encaustic tiles; No 2 court, formerly council chamber, has
panelled walls and fittings and coved canopy with central
domical vault to dais; stained glass to windows; Ionic columns
to balcony. Panelled Mayor's Parlour with ribbed ceiling, open
pedimented doorway and Ionic pilasters to overmantle of
(West KJ: Merridale Heritage Trail: Wolverhampton: P.10).

Listing NGR: SO9126198714

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