Former Police Station and Court House (Grade II)

Former police station Court House built in 1862. Location of inquest on the 9 miners. The Wellington Journal and Shrewsbury News on the 15th November 1862 recorded the opening of the building:

“Ironbridge Petty Sessions: The sessions on Tuesday last were held for the first time in the new room, which has recently been built over the new lockup. The room is well fitted up, and the comfort and convenience of all parties appears to have been studied, forming a great contrast to the small inconvenient room in which the meetings have formerly been held.”

The police station closed in March 1938 when a new police headquarters for the Ironbridge sub division was opened at “Eastfield” on the Buildwas road, Ironbridge.

However, the court room above the police station, which belonged to Wenlock Borough, continued in use for the petty sessions which took place every six weeks. The courtroom eventually closed in the early 1960’s.

The building has since been used for a variety of activities including a restaurant, craft centre,  museum, courtroom re-enactments, tea room and sweet shop.

The current use as the Pondicherry restaurant started in the spring of 2007.

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