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The Court House, Morpeth

Description: The Court House

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 11 August 1950
English Heritage Building ID: 238702

OS Grid Reference: NZ2014085691
OS Grid Coordinates: 420140, 585691
Latitude/Longitude: 55.1651, -1.6854

Locality: Morpeth
County: Northumberland
Country: England
Postcode: NE61 1YD

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Listing Text

NZ 2085

The Court House


Former courthouse, and gateway to former gaol; now restaurant and apartments.
1822 by John Dobson. Ashlar. Castellated Gothic style. Massive square front
block with square side towers and 8-sided apsidal back. 3 storeys, 3 bays.
Central Tudor-arched carriage entry in 2-storey pointed-arched recess with
triple-chamfered arch; 2-light Decorated window on 1st floor and very large
Civic crest on second floor. Canted outer bays have large broached buttresses
at the corners. Small diamond-paned windows with shouldered lintels on 1st
floor and large mullioned-and-transomed crosses with shouldered lintels on 2nd
floor. Battlemented parapet on large close-set triple-stop corbels.

Vaulted passageway through building has one bay of rib vault then pointed
tunnel vault with transverse ribs.

Interior: Gothic, stone imperial stair with plaster lierne vault. Former
courtroom, now bar and restaurant, has elaborate Tudor-Gothic ceiling divided
into 8 large triangles with large moulded principal ribs on arched braces; each
triangle sub-divided by smaller ribs and cross ribs and with tracery at the
apex. 8-sided, canted stone screen with 8 pointed-arched doorways, and pierced
parapet with Tudor-rose panels.

Listing NGR: NZ2013585698

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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