Sessions House, Preston

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Sessions House
Session House Preston.jpg
Location Preston
Coordinates 53°45′35″N 2°41′55″W / 53.75972°N 2.69861°W / 53.75972; -2.69861Coordinates: 53°45′35″N 2°41′55″W / 53.75972°N 2.69861°W / 53.75972; -2.69861
OS grid reference SD 540 294
Built 1900–1903
Architect Henry Littler
Architectural style(s) Edwardian Baroque
Governing body Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service
Listed Building – Grade II*
Designated 27 September 1979
Reference no. 1279796
Sessions House, Preston is located in Preston city centre
Sessions House, Preston
Location within Preston City centre

The Sessions House is a courthouse in Preston, Lancashire, England and is a Grade II* listed building. Built between 1900 and 1903 as a venue for the Quarter Sessions and Assizes it is still in use as a courthouse as well as being used as administrative offices for Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS).

Detail of the balcony and window above the main entrance on Harris Street

Designed by Manchester architect, Henry Littler, in the Edwardian Baroque and constructed of sandstone, the building has three floors topped with a tower.[1] The tower makes Sessions House one of the tallest buildings in Preston rising to 54.7 metres (179.5 ft).[2] Situated on Lancaster Road, the main facade is on Harris Street facing the Harris Museum, the facade contains the most elaborate stonework.

Internally there are two courtrooms on the first floor that are used daily by Preston Crown Court together with a third smaller courtroom on the ground floor used by Preston County Court.[3] The HMCTS Area Directors office for Lancashire and Cumbria is also situated in the building.[4]

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  1. ^ Historic England, "Sessions House (1279796)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 27 April 2011
  2. ^
  3. ^ HMCTS Court Finder
  4. ^ HMCTS North West Region