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Shire Hall, St Peter's Square, Hereford

SMR Number
: 20239
Grid Reference
: SO 5124 3999

1817-19 by Sir Robert Smirke. Greek Doric portico of 6 columns with two return columns and a pediment. The order is taken from the so-called Theseion in Athens. The hall at the back is of 1862. (1)
Shire Hall was built in 1819 by Sir Robert Smirke. It consists of a hexastyle portico of Greek Doric giant columns supporting entablature and moulded pediment, with triglyphs on frieze. It has side wings each with one storey in moulded architrave and parapet. LBII+.(2)
An Act of Parliament AD 1815, 55 George III, states how a meeting on 8 Aug 1814 of the Grand Jury decided that the present Shire Hall was an inconvenient buildings, not suited to its purpose of Court House etc. A new Shire Hall should therefore be built, on the site of the old Gaol House. (3)
Built of quartz coloured sandstone, source not located. (4)
Some parts of the building are of brick a deep orange in colour, mottled and cracked about 225m by 78m, the angles are shamfered. (5)
Article on the gaols of Hereford including detail on the County gaol, which would have stood, where the Shire Hall now stands. (6)
Chris Musson AP 2002 (7)
Information poster for display in Shire Hall, containing a history and description of the building. (8)
Watching brief carried out in 2013 did not find anything significant. (9)

Monument Type(s)

  1. SHIRE HALL (19th Century to 20th Century - 1801 AD to 1932 AD)

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Protected status

  1. Area of Archaeological Importance: Hereford City Area of Archaeological Importance
  2. Conservation Area CON_AR_012: Central Area
  3. Listed Building (II*) 372484: SHIRE HALL

Associated Historic Landscape Character Records

  1. HHE499 - Urbanisation - Urbanisation 2