Moot Hall

The Moot Hall is a Georgian building dating from 1812, with the courtrooms restored to Victorian design from 1875. Described on completion as the most perfect specimen of Doric architecture in the North of England, the Moot Hall has a columned portico to the front, whilst the design of the rear is based on the Parthenon in the Athens.

The Moot Hall is the first court in the country to be licensed to hold civil weddings and civil ceremonies, and is also used on a regular basis for school and university Mock Trial Competitions.

The building was designed by John Stokoe as a courthouse to replace the facilities at the Castle for holding assizes which had been condemned for their inconvenience and unhealthiness. The foundation stone was laid by Earl Percy on 22 July 1810 and the building was completed in August 1812. The site had formed part of Pons Aelius in Roman times and two copper coins from the time of the Emperor Antoninus Pius and two Roman altars were found during the construction of the building. Alterations were carried out to a design by William Crozier, Durham County Architect, in 1877.

An inquiry in to the loss of SS Ina Mactavish was held at the Moot Hall in December 1907 and February 1908. The trial of then 11 year old Mary Bell for the murder of two young boys also took place at Newcastle Assizes in 1968. Other notorious court cases held at the Moot Hall included the trial of Robert Black for the murder of four young girls committed between 1981 and 1986 and the trial of Albert Dryden for the murder of Harry Collinson in June 1991.

The Moot Hall heard all Crown Court cases before the new combined court complex was completed on the Quayside in 1998. After becoming the first court in the country to be licensed to hold civil weddings and civil ceremonies, the Moot Hall hosted its first civil wedding in September 2005.

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More information:
Wikipedia - Moot Hall
Historic England - Moot Hall
Insider Media - Historic Newcastle Courthouse Hits The Market
Evening Chronicle - Chance to buy one of Newcastle's most prominent buildings as Moot Hall goes up for sale
Co-Curate - Moot Hall

2 comments:

Ps Middx said...

Loved this website. I'm a Londoner who loves the outstanding and underrated city of Newcastle and it's heritage. As a bonus I love the Geordie accent!

ILuvNUFC said...

Thanks for your kind words about this site and my city.
I have plans to showcase even more of Newcastle's heritage on here in the future. But as always time is the problem :)

Watch this space...