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Sessions House

A Grade II* Listed Building in Preston, Lancashire

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Latitude: 53.7596 / 53°45'34"N

Longitude: -2.6985 / 2°41'54"W

OS Eastings: 354045

OS Northings: 429476

OS Grid: SD540294

Mapcode National: GBR TB2.2X

Mapcode Global: WH85M.JR6P

Plus Code: 9C5VQ852+RH

Entry Name: Sessions House

Listing Date: 27 September 1979

Last Amended: 20 December 1991

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1279796

English Heritage Legacy ID: 392061

Location: City Centre, Preston, Lancashire, PR1

County: Lancashire

District: Preston

Electoral Ward/Division: Town Centre

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Preston

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lancashire

Church of England Parish: Preston St John and St George the Martyr

Church of England Diocese: Blackburn

Tagged with: Courthouse

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Sessions House

(Formerly Listed as: LANCASTER ROAD (West side) Crown Court and Sessions House)


Court house. 1900-3, by Henry Littler. Large rectangular block on site bounded by Harris Street to the south and Lancaster Road and Birley Street to east and west respectively. Sandstone ashlar (roof concealed). Edwardian Baroque style.

Three high storeys over basement, symmetrical on all three sides, the principal facade to Harris Street 1:5:1:5:1 windows, the centre and end bays breaking forwards, with a plinth, the ground floor treated as a rustic, coupled giant Ionic columns to the centre and the outer bays, moulded frieze, modillioned cornice, pediments to the outer bays and an open-segmental pediment to the centre, a balustraded parapet as high as the pediments, and a tower over the centre.

The centre has a porch with blocked columns, a round-headed concave doorway with convex balcony over; above this a round-headed window with elaborate including figures on the pediment, then an oculus framed by swags; an embellished shield in the pediment; and a tall Baroque tower of four diminishing and successively set back stages, the three upper stages with free-standing Ionic columns and much enrichment. The rustic ground floor has wide semi-circular headed tripartite sashes, with blocked surrounds and voussoirs; the first floor and second floors have 24- and 12-pane sashes respectively, all with moulded architraves and those at first floor with cornices; and the outer bays have convex balconies to tall round-headed windows with enriched open pediments, and segmental-headed windows above. Hipped roof with enriched chimney stacks. The east and west facades, 1:3:1 windows, have centres recessed above the rustic, with four Ionic semi-columns and windows like those at the front, and outer bays with pedimented architraves to the windows; the east side has two round-headed doorways in the rustic, and the west side has a segmental-headed archway to the left.

INTERIOR: rich decoration including two principal courtrooms with pilastered panelling, panelled library with swags etc., panelled former dining room with fine architraves to doors, and magistrates' cloakroom furnished in Purbeck marble.

Listing NGR: SD5404529476

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