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Warwick's former court house to become events venue

Leamington Editorial 6th Sep, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

PLANS to turn the historic former court house in Warwick into an events venue have been given the green light.

The Old Shire Hall in Northgate Street was built by William and David Hiorn in 1750 and used by the judiciary for more than three centuries as the home of Warwick Crown Court.

But since Her Majesty’s Courts Service relocated to Leamington in December 2010, the grade I-listed building has remained largely unused.

County council chiefs were looking to open up and use the main hall, three court rooms, the prison cells and dungeon, and the grade II-listed building known as Judges House for everything from play and film screenings to live music and dance performances.

The application was discussed by members of Warwick District Council at a meeting this week and a premises license was agreed subject to a number of conditions.

A Warwickshire County Council spokesperson said: “The granting of the licence is positive news for our proposals to bring The Old Shire Hall back into use

“We want to work in a way that respects both our neighbours and the heritage of our outstanding building.”

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