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Tower Bridge Magistrates Court and Police Station and Attached Railings

A Grade II Listed Building in Southwark, London

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Latitude: 51.5023 / 51°30'8"N

Longitude: -0.0767 / 0°4'35"W

OS Eastings: 533592

OS Northings: 179906

OS Grid: TQ335799

Mapcode National: GBR VH.XM

Mapcode Global: VHGR0.MHBP

Plus Code: 9C3XGW2F+W8

Entry Name: Tower Bridge Magistrates Court and Police Station and Attached Railings

Listing Date: 17 September 1998

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1385973

English Heritage Legacy ID: 471393

Location: North Bermondsey, Southwark, London, SE1

County: London

District: Southwark

Electoral Ward/Division: Riverside

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Southwark

Traditional County: Surrey

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: Bermondsey St Mary Magdalen, St Olave, St John and St Luke

Church of England Diocese: Southwark

Tagged with: City hall Police station

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636-1/5/783 (North side)
Nos.209 AND 211
Tower Bridge Magistrates' Court and
Police Station and attached railings


Magistrates' court and police station. Dated 1906. By John
Dixon Butler. Stone to ground floor, centre and attic, as well
as to dressings. Red brick in Flemish bond elsewhere. Roof
parapeted. Edwardian Baroque style.
PLAN: shallow U-shaped plan of 11-window range. All openings
flat-arched unless otherwise noted.
EXTERIOR: 3 storeys, with attic in centre ranges, over
basement. Entrance to court in centre range, up steps, set
under tetrastyle porch of Ionic order; balustrade above. All
ground-floor openings with eared and shouldered architraves;
in the side wings the windows have, in addition, an
entablature; to either side of entrance the lintels are keyed.
Plinth to ground-floor sill band heavily rusticated. Banded
rustication from this sill band to 1st-floor sill band.
Police station in west wing, entrance is flat-arched with
semicircular overdoor. the whole set under semicircular
entrance canopy.
The Court entrance is flanked by high socles supporting giant
Ionic columns to 1st and 2nd floors; each column has an
entablature block from which springs a section of broken
segmental pediment. This entablature continuous across the
elevation. First-floor centre window is tripartite with
sharply triangular pediment over centre light only.
Second-floor window of centre range 3-light with eared
architraves. The broken segmental pediment backed by high
attic; the tympanum of pediment bears the Royal Arms in low
All other 1st- and 2nd-floor windows are identical, a
description of which follows: 1st floor with projecting
cornice surmounted by a sharply triangular pediment, the whole
supported by long, thin brackets; stone spandrels to 2nd-floor
window continuous; architrave to 2nd-floor windows eared;
single 2nd-floor windows to inner returns of wings.
Balustrades to parapet. All sashes of original design.
Entrance to Boss Street set in pedimented aedicule. Stacks to
return wall. Balustrade continues to return, as well as eared
window architraves. At the north-east corner of court a
2-storey segmental bay with pilasters to corners and responds.

To right of bay, flat-arched entrance with round overlight,
under porch with semicircular hood.
INTERIOR: not inspected.
SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: iron railings of original design to
forecourt and basement area.

Listing NGR: TQ3359279906

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