Sessions House, Northampton

Northampton, United Kingdom

Sessions House, Northampton

The Sessions House is a former judicial building on George Row in Northampton, Northamptonshire. The Sessions House, which is currently used as a Tourist Information Centre, is a Grade I listed building. The building is adjacent to County Hall, the meeting place of Northamptonshire County Council.

The Sessions House was built on the site of an early 17th century public house known as "The Bell"; the property was acquired for the county and converted into a gaol in 1634. A quaker, John Maidwell, was imprisoned in the cells of the gaol in 1664 for not swearing allegiance to King Charles II. The gaol was destroyed in the Great Fire of Northampton in September 1675 and the Sessions House, which was designed by Henry Bell of King's Lynn in the Renaissance style using a plan by Sir Roger Norwich, became one of the first facilities built after the Great Fire when it was completed in 1678.

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