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Crown Court

A Grade II* Listed Building in Durham, County Durham

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Latitude: 54.774 / 54°46'26"N

Longitude: -1.5687 / 1°34'7"W

OS Eastings: 427845

OS Northings: 542203

OS Grid: NZ278422

Mapcode National: GBR KFH7.5F

Mapcode Global: WHC4Q.W86J

Plus Code: 9C6WQCFJ+HG

Entry Name: Crown Court

Listing Date: 6 May 1952

Last Amended: 10 March 1988

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1322878

English Heritage Legacy ID: 110360

Location: County Durham, DH1

County: County Durham

Electoral Ward/Division: Elvet and Gilesgate

Built-Up Area: Durham

Traditional County: Durham

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): County Durham

Church of England Parish: Durham St Oswald

Church of England Diocese: Durham

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NZ 2742 SE (South side)
Crown Court (formerly
15/308 listed as Assize Courts
6/5/52 in Court Lane


Crown Courts. Circa 1811 by George Moneypenny and Ignatius Bonomi; interior
altered c.1870 bv W. Crozier. Sandstone ashlar; graduated Lakeland slate roof
on main block, Welsh slate on wings. Centre block and flanking wings. Italianate
style. 2-storey, 7-bay main block with pedimented projecting 3-bay centre, and
end bays breaking forward. 4 giant engaged Tuscan columns define the centre.
3 part-glazed, studded 6-panel double doors in architraves in banded rusticated
ground floor. Margined casements, cross in taller first floor, with upper lights
altered, those in outer bays in 2-storey recesses. First-floor centre windows
have wrought-iron guards. Top entablature and blocking course. Central chamfered
square clock tower with deep cornice and leaded dome. Tall, single-storey, 3-bay
wings with projecting banded centre bay forming voussoirs to tall carriage arches
with lattice barred tympana above continuous stone impost bands. Small casements
next to centre block, otherwise blank with parapet above eaves band. Very tall
arcaded and deeply-corniced chimneys above inner bays. 4 steps to central
entrance terrace with wrought- and cast-iron side rails and stone corner piers
with lampholders.

Rear elevation shows tall bowed courtroom exterior with classical detail.

Listing NGR: NZ2784542203

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