Victoria Law Courts (Magistrates Court)

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Victoria Law Courts are Magistrates Courts in Birmingham. It is located in a Grade I listed building on Corporation Street. It is an iconic red brick and terracotta building.

The construction started in 1887, Queen Victoria laid the foundation stone on 23 March, in her Golden Jubilee year. The site was previously occupied by Alaska Works and a small school. It was finished in 1891, opened on 12 July by Prince and Princess of Wales. The main contractor was John Bowen and Sons, the architect Aston Webb & Ingress Bell. There is a statue of Queen Victoria by Harry Bates at the main entrance. Other figures that decorate the front façade are made by sculptor William Silver Frith according to designs of Walter Crane. The rear of the building is not that elaborately decorated. The inside is faced with sandy-yellow terracotta and intricate ornamentation.

It is proposed to move the magistrates' court to a new purpose-built courthouse, nearby. This will render the old building redundant.
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