Old Court House, West Derby

Old Court House, West Derby
10 Almonds Green, West Derby, Liverpool
Region or country
England (North West)

The Old Court House is a grade II* listed building containing a steward's bench and jury benches with backs of turned rods surrounding table and a small room to rear has pigeon holes for records. It dates back more than 400 years to 1586, built on the order of Elizabeth I, and is located on the site of a previous courthouse. It functioned both as an administrative centre and as a court dealing with minor offences; the hereditary stewards of the court were the Molyneux family who owned large areas of Liverpool.

The red sandstone structure was restored and conserved in 2005 and is now the only free-standing post-medieval courthouse in Britain. Joint custodians of the courthouse are the city council and the West Derby Society.

What can be found at the venue?
Historic building or site
Significant collections relating to regional crime and punishment organisation or to a particular individual
The only free-standing post-medieval courthouse in Britain
Does the venue have an online collections catalogue?
Details of opening for public access and / or research services
Open on Sundays or by appointment - contact the West Derby Society to check for updates
Accessibility and disability arrangements / Covid requirements
None given; no facilities
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