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Full Address - Ilford County
Court, Buckingham Road, Ilford.
Summary Details - 20th Century
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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