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Description: Bow Street Magistrates Court and Police Station
Date Listed: 15 January 1973
English Heritage Building ID: 208784
OS Grid Reference: TQ3039881086
OS Grid Coordinates: 530398, 181086
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5137, -0.1222
TO 3081 SW CITY OF WESTMINSTER BOW STREET, WC2
15.1.73 Bow Street magistrates Court
and Police Station
Court and police station. 1879-80 by Sir John Taylor of the Office of
Works. Portland stone, slate roof, the Broad Court front of white Suffolk
brick with Portland dressings. Dignified, eclectic Graeco-Roman with some
slightly Vanbrughian details, rather in the Pennethorne manner. Free
standing quadrangular block. 3 storeys, basement and attic storey over 5-
bay centrepiece. 8 windows wide, composed as 5 - window centrepiece
including advanced flanking entrance-pavilion bays, with 3-window wing
either side, splayed one window corner and 8-window return to Broad Court.
Channelled ground floor with van and police station entrances in
centrepiece pavilions, that to police station to right with flight of steps
and stone architrave doorway and segmental pediment on consoles projecting
above from ground floor cornice, the van entrance plain under segmental
arch, both framed, as are central ground floor windows, by deeply
channelled piers which are carried up as quoin piers on the pavilions and
are repeated as broader terminal piers to the wings. Recessed sash
windows, those on 1st floor in architraves with segmental pediments on
consoles but with triangular pediments in the pavilions; eared architraves
to 2nd floor and centrepiece attic. The 3 central bays between pavilions
have engaged giant Corinthian order to 1st and 2nd floors and panelled
piers in the attic, repeated on the pavilion attics. Pseudo-pedestals to
ground and 1st floors with apron panels to the wings and fully expressed as
balustraded balcony in front of 3 central bays. 2nd floor sill course
carried over quoin and terminal piers, bed mould to frieze and bold main
cornice over 2nd floor, broken forward over piers and giant order, with
balustraded parapets over wings and Vanbrughian belvedere features over
terminal piers; similarly handled cornice to centrepiece attic, with
acroteria and miniature belvedere features above quoin piers of pavilions
and balustraded parapet with projecting dies. Corniced chimney stacks.
The splayed corner is similarly treated and contains the Court entrance
with straight entablature instead of segmental pediment but otherwise same
detail as police station doorway, tripartite 1st floor window under arched
recess with Royal Arms in tympanum. Sturdy cast iron area railings with
stone pedestal-parapets, surmounted by cast iron lamps with crowned globe
lanterns, bridging area flanking the 3 entrances.
Survey of London; Vol. XXXVI.
Listing NGR: TQ3039781090
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