SESSIONS HOUSE, Lancaster Road, Preston, Lancashire. The interior of number 1 court at the County Sessions House. The court house was built between 1900 and 1903 to the designs of Henry Littler, the County architect, in an Edwardian Baroque style. The Bedford Lemere daybook records Goodall, Lamb and Heighway as clients. Photographed by H Bedford Lemere in 1904
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EDITORS COMMENTS This print takes us back in time to the grandeur of Sessions House, Preston. Stepping into number 1 court at the County Sessions House feels like entering a bygone era, where justice was served with elegance and dignity. Built between 1900 and 1903, this architectural masterpiece showcases the Edwardian Baroque style at its finest. Designed by Henry Littler, the County architect, every detail exudes sophistication and opulence. The interior is adorned with intricate carvings, ornate plasterwork, and majestic columns that reach towards a beautifully crafted ceiling. Photographed in 1904 by H Bedford Lemere, this image captures the essence of this historic courthouse. The play of light and shadows adds depth to the scene while highlighting its timeless beauty. It's as if you can almost hear whispers from trials past echoing through these hallowed halls. The significance of this photograph is further emphasized by its inclusion in the Bedford Lemere daybook under Goodall, Lamb and Heighway as clients. This glimpse into history reminds us of how architecture can transcend time and tell stories that resonate across generations. As we admire this remarkable piece captured by H Bedford Lemere, we are transported to an era when justice was dispensed within these walls. It serves as a reminder of our shared heritage and invites us to appreciate both the craftsmanship behind it all and our modern-day judicial system that has evolved since then.
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