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The Shire Hall, Dorchester

Description: The Shire Hall

Grade: I
Date Listed: 8 May 1950
English Heritage Building ID: 104381

OS Grid Reference: SY6910190736
OS Grid Coordinates: 369101, 90736
Latitude/Longitude: 50.7154, -2.4390

Location: 62 B3150, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1XA

Locality: Dorchester
Local Authority: West Dorset District Council
County: Dorset
Country: England
Postcode: DT1 1XA

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Listing Text

(North Side)
The Shire Hall
SY 6990 7/79 8.5.50.
1797 (rainwater head). Architect Thomas Hardwick. Portland ashlar. 2 storeys
7 window. Divided into 3 bays, the centre (3 windows) breaking forward and
having rusticated ground floor with 3 round-arched openings with imposts and
keystones. Each opening has rusticated reveals, double doors, transome and
fanlight. Sash windows above, cornice and pediment. Side bays are 2 windows
with round-headed windows to ground floor. Parapets. Cornice and string course
continuous across facade. At east end of front is the mileage to Hyde Park
Corner, Blandford and Bridport inscribed in contemporary incised lettering.
A tablet states that the Tolpuddle Martyrs were sentenced here in 1834.
Side elevation is red brick. Moulded modillion eaves cornice. 6 sashes with
glazing bars. Rainwater head with "l797".
Interior retains the court-room virtually as it was when the Tolpuddle Martyrs
were tried here. Contemporary wooden dock, bench, jury and witness boxes, and
public galleries.
Nos 48 to 65A (consec)including the Shire Hall, Holy Trinity Church, the Museum,
St. Peter's Church and monument to William Barnes in churchyard immediately south
of West Tower form a group.

Listing NGR: SY6910190736

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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