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Police Station and Magistrates Court

A Grade II Listed Building in Keswick, Cumbria

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Latitude: 54.6019 / 54°36'6"N

Longitude: -3.1379 / 3°8'16"W

OS Eastings: 326591

OS Northings: 523561

OS Grid: NY265235

Mapcode National: GBR 6HJ7.G4

Mapcode Global: WH706.RLZH

Plus Code: 9C6RJV26+PV

Entry Name: Police Station and Magistrates Court

Listing Date: 7 August 2000

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1381337

English Heritage Legacy ID: 481697

Location: Keswick, Allerdale, Cumbria, CA12

County: Cumbria

Civil Parish: Keswick

Built-Up Area: Keswick

Traditional County: Cumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cumbria

Church of England Parish: Crosthwaite St Kentigern

Church of England Diocese: Carlisle

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887/1/10004 Police station and Magistrates Court


Magistrates Court and Police Station. 1901-2, with minor late C20 alterations By the Cumberland County Architects Department. Borrowdale rubble slate walling with Cumbrian Red Sandstone ashlar dressings . Coped gables, tall square gable stacks and Westmorland slate roof coverings, laid to diminishing courses. Severe Vernacular Revival style with some Classical detailing.
PLAN: Linear arrangement of buildings along street frontage, with the Court Building to the north-west and Police Station to the south-east.
FRONT (north-west ) ELEVATION: Stepped range of buildings, with single storey L-shaped courthouse to left. Wide gable to street, incorporating tall Venetian window to centre. To the right, principal entrance set within shallow porch, with wide segmental pediment carried on massive bracket to left and tapered square column to right. Further right,2 single light openings and a 2-light window, all with flush ashlar surrounds and undivided sash windows. Right hand end links with police station. This is of 2 storeys and 3 bays, with a double fronted 3-bay section of domestic proportions to the left, with central doorway within quoined surround with shallow depressed arched head below dripmould. Flanking doorway are tall 3-light mullioned windows with flush ashlar surrounds above steeply -pitched gabled dormers. Next, a further 3-bay range of 2 storeys, set back from frontage, with 2 doorways, a 2-light dormer rising through the eaves, and a shallow 3-light window at eaves level. Advanced gable at right-hand end with former full width ground floor opening now infilled, and 3-light window above.
SIDE ( north-east ) ELEVATION: 6-bay range extends to south-east, with open porch enclosing doorway with Gibbsian surround approached by flight of 7 stone steps and enclosing 6-panel door with rectangular overlight. To the rear of this wing, a tall curved wall with plain flat copings encloses a rear yard.
INTERIOR: Courthouse retains a near complete contemporary interior, with canopied witness stand, magistrates bench, prisoners dock, recorders bench and public enclosure, all with square-panelled fronts. The police station retains cells with massive iron doors within moulded ashlar surrounds.
An early C20 courthouse and police station complex prominently sited and carefully detailed to create an imposing presence within the townscape, with good surviving interior detail.-

Listing NGR: NY2659123561

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