Clerkenwell in the heart of London has a rich history stretching
back over 1000 years pre-dating the Norman Conquest of 1066
Our building was once the largest and busiest Court-House
in England; it replaced the original Sessions House for the
County of Middlesex erected in 1612 near Smithfield Market.
The present building contained court rooms, dungeons for holding
prisoners and living space for the resident judges. It ceased
to function as a Court in 1920 and now serves as a conference
and meeting centre..
Built in the Grand Pantheon style favoured during the reign
of King George III, the building has been extensively restored
to much of its original style. The entrance hall and the dome,
modelled on the Pantheon in Rome, built by Agrippa for his
Emperor 2000 years ago, are particularly fine. The building
has a grade 2 star listing from English Heritage.