1864 – Assize Courts, Manchester, Lancashire

Architect: Alfred Waterhouse


Designed by Alfred Waterhouse in the neo-Gothic style, construction began in 1859 and was completed in 1864. This was Waterhouse’s first major commission, won by open competition, and the nearby 1862 Strangeways Prison was also his design. Widely praised, the building was demolished beginning in 1957, due to incendiary bomb damage caused during World War 2. The building also contained exterior sculptures by Thomas Woolner and the firm of O’Shea and Whelan.

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