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Latitude: 51.1293 / 51°7'45"N
Longitude: -3.0023 / 3°0'8"W
OS Eastings: 329956
OS Northings: 137142
OS Grid: ST299371
Mapcode National: GBR M5.9367
Mapcode Global: VH7DH.XW45
Entry Name: County Court Office
Listing Date: 16 December 1974
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1197407
English Heritage Legacy ID: 373966
Location: Bridgwater, Sedgemoor, Somerset, TA6
Civil Parish: Bridgwater
Built-Up Area: Bridgwater
Traditional County: Somerset
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset
ST2937SE QUEEN STREET
736-1/10/151 (North side)
16/12/74 County Court Office
Court house. Foundation stone laid 9.6.1824. Architect Richard
Carver. Ham Hill stone with slate roof. Rectangular plan.
2 storeys; symmetrical 5-window range. Cornice and blocking
course returned to the sides; the 3 central bays are stepped
forward under a pediment supported by 2 Ionic pillars and
Tuscan antae; outer bays have tripartite windows between
Tuscan pilasters. Flat arches to windows on the first floor,
which are 6/9-pane sashes with shallow panelled aprons; the 3
central 6/6-pane sash ground-floor windows have segmental
arches and are set back under a segmental arcade with Tuscan
To the outer bays, under tripartite windows, are similar
segmental arches on Tuscan pilasters, that to the left has C20
planked double doors, that to the right has steps up to a C20
six-panel door, raised-and-fielded to the top beaded to the
base with vertical bead down the centre, under a
segmental-arched overlight of 2 panes.
INTERIOR: entrance hall to right has full-width stone flags,
high skirting board, 6-panel door to central room to left, a
semi-elliptical-arched recess with C20 door to rear left
leading to the stairs and a tall narrow semicircular-arched
recess in angle of corner to rear right. The right-hand wall
of office to centre has a wide semi-elliptical arched recess
over the door flanked by concave quadrant recesses so angled
as to form an even deeper recess; the moulded cornice follows
The circular open-well staircase has stick balusters, a
wreathed curtail step, a continuous rail wreathed around a
turned newel. Rooms to rear are remodelled. Courtroom on first
floor has a segmental barrel-vaulted ceiling with 3 rows of 3
square panels, 3 narrow panels over the bench, thick box
cornice and ornamental ventilation rose to centre. The
furnishings are c1930, of oak, with a coat of arms over the
SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: cast-iron bootscrapers flank the
entrance, these are inverted semi-circles raised on moulded
stems with a blade to centre and ornamental knobs to sides.
(Buildings of England: Pevsner N: South and West Somerset:
London: 1958-: 98).
Listing NGR: ST2995637142
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