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Description: Sikh Community Centre
Date Listed: 7 December 1992
English Heritage Building ID: 158223
OS Grid Reference: TQ1100496140
OS Grid Coordinates: 511004, 196140
Latitude/Longitude: 51.6531, -0.3968
TQ 1096 SE & TQ 1196 SW LADY'S CLOSE
9/10000 Watford County
Former County Court house. Circa 1858. Red brick facades in Flemish bond
and dressings of blue brick and Portland stone; side and rear
elevations stock brick. Roofs concealed by parapets. Red brick
stacks. Plan: Front range contains entrances, offices and main
stairs, with courtroom behind at centre and judge's chamber and
court clerk's room at back. Cells now in side entrance block to
south facing King Close. Classical style. Exterior: 2 storeys.
Symmetrical 1:2:1:2:1 bay west front to Lady's Close, centre and
end bays break forward. Stone modillion cornice and blocking
course and moulded stone band and plinth moulding. Ground floor
round arch windows and doorways with blue brick dressings, stone
voussoirs and imposts, the doorways in centre and end bays with
panelled pilasters and carved capitals and semi-circular
fanlights; panelled doors on right, the other doors blocked; sash
windows with margin panes on ground floor. First floor 12-pane
sashes in moulded brick architraves with small keystones and
stone cills, centre in moulded stone eared architrave with
panelled apron. Entrance block to King Close; 1 storey 3 bays,
central doorway similar to those at front, flanked by large round
arch windows with 2 stone arch lights with central colonette and
large keystones rising into brick dentilled stone cornice above
with blocking course and large Royal Arms at centre. Interior:
Courtroom has walls with large blind arcade, panelled doors with
moulded architraves and lantern concealed by C20 suspended
ceiling. Open-well main staircase with stick balusters and
mahogany handrail. Secondary stairs with wreathed handrail.
Jurors' room at front on first floor with console brackets
supporting ceiling beams.
Listing NGR: TQ1100496140
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Source: English Heritage
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