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Title Sessions House and Tourist Information
Description The Sessions House on George Row, is a very rare example of a 17th century courthouse in a baroque style, and was one of the first new buildings constructed after the great fire of 1675. It was Northampton’s courthouse from the 17th to 20th centuries and was designed by Henry Bell, the architect who also drew up plans for the nearby All Saints' Church, following it's destruction in the fire.

Inside, two separate courtrooms boast original docks, galleries and a staircase descends to dungeons below, Each court is overlooked by some of the finest examples of ornate, 17th century stucco plasterwork in the country. The mouldings include shackles, chains, cherubs and even the Devil’s head, rumoured to wag its protruding tongue if the defendant told a lie!

The 18th century Judges' Lodgings adjoin the Sessions House, containing many original features and antique furniture.

Northampton's Tourist Information Centre is located within the main foyer of Sessions House, and guided tours of the courts and lodgings can be booked in advance. Booking details are available from the centre - 01604 367997.