The Old Shire Hall & Judges' House

Built in 1750 to the designs of Sanderson Miller, The Old Shire Hall is a stunning building on Warwick's Northgate Street, offering an unparalleled combination of character and capacity. Comprising of the Grade I listed Great Hall, the Grade II listed Judges' House, two octagonal courtrooms and cells used by Her Majesty's Court Service until 2010 and a 17th century dungeon.

The History

The Old Shire Hall was home to Warwick Assizes from the late 15th century. In 1542, the County Gaol moved to Northgate Street and in 1576, Shire Hall followed. In 1694, the Great Fire of Warwick tore through the town and between 1753 and 1754 it was completely rebuilt to include courtrooms, a Gaol and Military Barracks. Judges House was built between 1814 and 1816, with final Crown court sessions being held as recently as 2010.

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