Full Address - Ilford County Court, Buckingham Road, Ilford.

Summary Details - 20th Century Courthouse

Description - History: In the late nineteenth century legal services for the area of Ilford were provided by Romford County Court, which covered the Becontree Division of Essex.  By 1910, such was the increased size and importance of Ilford, the Court at Romford was retitled Romford and Ilford County Court and sittings were also being held in the new Town Hall at Ilford.  In 1937 a new purpose built court was opened to serve Becontree Division.  This was Ilford County Court, built on an open site on the High Road next to the parish church, St. Mary’s, but outside the burgeoning town centre.
Description of Building: Baroque classical. Single storey. Medium pitched hipped roof with plain clay tile covering.  Central timber louvre with copper apron and spirelet.  Principal front on Buckingham Road, dominant feature the strongly modelled entrance portico with rusticated arch, inset stone surround with massive quintuple ashlar keystone and Royal standard, impressive geometric fanlight recessed above. Main walls of 2” depth red brick sit on a grey granite plinth, between a band course and cornice of Portland stone, the band course fluted.  Polished hardwood entrance doors. Metal windows. Metal gutters with flower motif. Subsidiary elevations similar with separate entrances for Judge and Registrar. Small garden area to the High Road enclosed by original railings with red brick piers with Portland plinths and finials. Interior well preserved. Simple layout. Entrance hall lined with terrazzo, lit front and rear with high semi-circular windows, situated between two matched courtrooms. Courtrooms continue Neo-Classical theme inside with simple wooden furnishings and box pew style seating.  Good detailing with polished hardwood doors in reeded door surrounds with corner roundels.

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