Shire Hall, Hertford

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The Shire Hall in Hertford, the county town of Hertfordshire, England, is an 18th-century building. It was designed to provide assembly rooms, courts and a council chamber.[1] It also housed the town's corn exchange until the mid-nineteenth century.[2] It was proposed as a joint project by Robert Adam and his younger brother James Adam, but James took charge of the commission and the design is credited to him.[3] Built around 1768–9, the building was expanded several times in subsequent years.

It is a separate building to County Hall, a larger and more modern complex located further from the town centre.[4]

Conservation and current use[edit]

It is a Grade I listed building.[3][5]

The interior was refurbished in 1988-90. It is currently used as a family magistrates' court.[6]


  1. ^ R. Lydekker (13 December 2012). Hertfordshire. Cambridge University Press. pp. 139–140. ISBN 978-1-107-66950-5.
  2. ^ Anne Rowe; Tom Williamson (1 June 2013). Hertfordshire: A Landscape History. Univ of Hertfordshire Press. pp. 407–8. ISBN 978-1-909291-02-7.
  3. ^ a b "Shire Hall, Hertford". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  4. ^ "County Hall, Hertford". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  5. ^ Nikolaus Pevsner; Bridget Cherry (1977). Hertfordshire. Yale University Press. pp. 186–8. ISBN 978-0-300-09611-8.
  6. ^ "What now for Shire Hall in Hertford?". Hertford Ward Times. Retrieved 3 November 2016.

Coordinates: 51°47′47″N 0°04′39″W / 51.7963°N 0.0775°W / 51.7963; -0.0775