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County Sessions House

The County Sessions House was built between 1882 and 1884 to house the Quarter Sessions for the West Derby Hundred of the county of Lancaster. The county's coat of arms appears in the pediment over the main entrance. Quarter Sessions were courts in which cases involving non-capital offences were tried by magistrates. Until 1877, they were held in Liverpool at the court in Basnett Street and at the Kirkdale Sessions House attached to Kirkdale gaol. When the Prison Act of 1877 transferred prisons like Kirkdale from local authority control to the state, a new home had to be found for the Sessions. They were housed temporarily in St George's Hall until the new Sessions House opened in Islington. The magistrates held their first meeting here on Monday 4th August 1884.
[More: www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/walker/about/countysessions.aspx]

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