Greenwich Magistrates’ Court, London

A courthouse in London that opened in 1909 with many original features still remaining

Greenwich Magistrates Court
 

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Designed by Architect to the Metropolitan Police, John Dixon Butler FRIBA, the Greenwich Magistrates’ Court opened in 1909 with an integral police station. The Symmetrical frontage is faced in Portland Stone in a free Classical style and features a central semi-circular tablet with Royal Coat of Arms, carved in stone by Lawrence Turner.

Greenwich Magistrates Court - The magistrates court in Greenwich

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Greenwich Magistrates Court – The magistrates court in Greenwich

Inside, the entranceway leads to the former police station foyer which has a mosaic tiled floor with MP monogram (for Metropolitan Police) laid by Messrs Diespeker.  The foyer leads onto Court 1, the main courtroom which is toplit with a decorative plaster frieze around the light well and a monogram of Edward VII in plaster above the bench. The Courtroom has mostly original fittings and the bench is in a curved recess, up three steps.

The court has its own custody suite. The suite consists of nine prison cells with associated facilities for booking in prisoners etc.

Greenwich Magistrates Court - Semi-circular tablet with Royal Coat of Arms

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Greenwich Magistrates Court – Semi-circular tablet with Royal Coat of Arms

There are two additional courtrooms, the third being added around 1960. We didn’t get the chance to photograph courts 2 and 3 due to our visit being cut short when the security staff arrived to start their shift.

The court closed in 2016 when a government programme identified a number of courts that were used for around only a third of their hearing time. The hearings and workload of Greenwich Magistrates’ Court were moved to the nearby Bromley County Court.

Greenwich Magistrates Court - Overview of Courtroom 1

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Greenwich Magistrates Court – Overview of Courtroom 1

Greenwich Magistrates Court - Courtroom 1 was the main court

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Greenwich Magistrates Court – Courtroom 1 was the main court

Greenwich Magistrates Court - Lightwell over the main courtroom

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Greenwich Magistrates Court – Lightwell over the main courtroom

Greenwich Magistrates Court - Courtroom 1

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Greenwich Magistrates Court – Courtroom 1

Greenwich Magistrates Court - The magistrates seats

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Greenwich Magistrates Court – The magistrates seats

Greenwich Magistrates Court - The bench and magistrates seats

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Greenwich Magistrates Court – The bench and magistrates seats

Greenwich Magistrates Court - View from behind the bench

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Greenwich Magistrates Court – View from behind the bench

Greenwich Magistrates Court - View towards the back of the courtroom

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Greenwich Magistrates Court – View towards the back of the courtroom

Greenwich Magistrates Court - Monogram of Edward VII in plaster

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Greenwich Magistrates Court – Monogram of Edward VII in plaster

Greenwich Magistrates Court - Foyer with MP (Metropolitan Police) monogram mosaic [photo by The_Raw]

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Greenwich Magistrates Court – Foyer with MP (Metropolitan Police) monogram mosaic [photo by The_Raw]

Greenwich Magistrates Court - Foyer lit by circular lightwell [photo by The_Raw]

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Greenwich Magistrates Court – Foyer lit by circular lightwell [photo by The_Raw]

Plan of Court 1 [photo by The_Raw]

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Plan of Court 1 [photo by The_Raw]

Post Court Crime Office [photo by The_Raw]

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Post Court Crime Office [photo by The_Raw]

Greenwich Magistrates Court - Judges Resting Chamber [photo by The_Raw]

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Greenwich Magistrates Court – Judges Resting Chamber [photo by The_Raw]

Greenwich Magistrates Court - Court Keepers room

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Greenwich Magistrates Court – Court Keepers room

Greenwich Magistrates Court - Staff area

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Greenwich Magistrates Court – Staff area

Greenwich Magistrates Court - Entrance to the cells

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Greenwich Magistrates Court – Entrance to the cells

Greenwich Magistrates Court - Custody information board

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Greenwich Magistrates Court – Custody information board

Greenwich Magistrates Court - A few of the 9 cells

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Greenwich Magistrates Court – A few of the 9 cells

Greenwich Magistrates Court - Cell doors

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Greenwich Magistrates Court – Cell doors

Greenwich Magistrates Court - Looking into one of the cells

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Greenwich Magistrates Court – Looking into one of the cells

Greenwich Magistrates Court - Not the most comfortable accommodation

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Greenwich Magistrates Court – Not the most comfortable accommodation

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