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Magistrates Court House, Sedgefield

Description: Magistrates Court House

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 29 April 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 112176

OS Grid Reference: NZ3545728806
OS Grid Coordinates: 435457, 528806
Latitude/Longitude: 54.6531, -1.4520

Location: 1 W End, Sedgefield, Durham TS21 2BS

Locality: Sedgefield
County: Durham
Country: England
Postcode: TS21 2BS

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Listing Text

(West side)

13/60 Magistrate's Court House
29/4/52 (previously listed as
"Manor House")


Magistrate's Court House, formerly (and shown on OS map as) the Manor House.
Dated 1707 (on wall sundial above central first-floor window); C19 alterations.
Narrow red brick front and rear in English garden wall bond, with ashlar flush
quoins, on rubble basement; rubble returns. Renewed pantiled roof with brick
chimneys. Double-pile plan with central staircase to rear. Symmetrical front
of 3 storeys plus basement, 5 bays. Four C20 steps to central, Cl9 part-glazed
door and tall margined overlight in linked architraves with pulvinated frieze
and segmental pediment above. Basement has 8-pane horizontal sliding sashes.
Replaced sashes under gauged brick flat arches: 12-pane to ground and first
floors; 16-pane above; ground-floor openings enlarged. Replaced dentilled eaves
cornice of wood. Steeply-pitched, 2-span roof has raised verges, shaped kneelers
and 2 end chimneys. Left return has ornamented, double rainwater head.
Symmetrical rear, similar to front, has replaced 12- and 16-pane sashes, a
reinstated early C18 2-panel door to left of centre and an early Cl9 central,
mid-wall Venetian stair window.

Interior: 2 rooms (one on ground and one on first floor) with remnants of
2-panel panelling and cornices; several 2-panel doors in bolection-moulded
surrounds. Spacious, 3-flight open-well staircase with landing rail has dog
gate, at head of first flight, with wavy splat balusters; square newels; moulded,
closed string with barley-sugar balusters supporting a heavy moulded handrail
which is ramped at each turn. Staircase hall has wall string and ramped dado
with bolection-moulded panels. Palladian-motif stair window has detached Roman
Doric columns and entablature. Symmetrical, upper stair hall has five 2-panel
doors in bolection moulded-surrounds.

C20 brick building, attached to left of entrance front, not of special interest.

Listing NGR: NZ3546028805

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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