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The Old Sessions House

A Grade II Listed Building in Preston, Lancashire

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Latitude: 53.7613 / 53°45'40"N

Longitude: -2.6881 / 2°41'17"W

OS Eastings: 354734

OS Northings: 429660

OS Grid: SD547296

Mapcode National: GBR TCN.M3

Mapcode Global: WH85M.PQ5C

Plus Code: 9C5VQ866+GQ

Entry Name: The Old Sessions House

Listing Date: 27 September 1979

Last Amended: 20 December 1991

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1219103

English Heritage Legacy ID: 392166

Location: Preston, Lancashire, PR1

County: Lancashire

Electoral Ward/Division: St Matthew's

Built-Up Area: Preston

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lancashire

Church of England Parish: Preston The Risen Lord

Church of England Diocese: Blackburn

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941-1/7/270 (East side)
27/09/79 The Old Sessions House
(Formerly Listed as:
The Court House)


Court house, now County Museum. 1825, by Thomas Rickman,
altered. Sandstone ashlar, with brick rear wall, roof mostly
concealed but has large glazed lantern. Rectangular plan with
porch projecting to front and bow to rear. Classical style.
Two storeys, with plinth, panelled pilasters, cornice and
blocking course. The south front is tripartite, symmetrical,
the centre wider and breaking forwards; this has a monumental
square porch which has a round-headed archway with
impost-bands and keyed moulded head, and a cornice and
blocking course, an arcade of small round-headed windows above
the porch, and a parapet with corniced upstands to the
corners. The set-back 2-window side ranges both formerly had
square 6-pane sashes at ground floor and tall 12-pane sashes
above, but the ground floor to the right has been replaced by
a C20 corridor. Roof with large glazed lantern in centre
(replacing dome). The west front, a symmetrical 3-bay 5-window
facade, has matching windows (2:1:2) except those at ground
floor to the right which are slightly larger and 9-paned, and
a central porch with unfluted Greek Doric columns distyle in
antis. Additions to east end; rear wall projects into prison
yard. INTERIOR: large central courtroom hall (details
concealed at time of survey). Forms group with Prison (q.v.)
and Prison Annexe (q.v.).

Listing NGR: SD5473429660

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