Hatfield Magistrates' Court
1939 - 1998
By Jack Moulder
The Magistrates’ Court pictured here held its first session on 28th August 1939, replacing the previous building on the opposite side of St. Albans Road which had been in use since 1895. The building was designed in a classical Georgian style, and was said to resemble the new County Hall, which was built at the same time.
In 1944, a V1 flying bomb badly damaged the building, and it was not finally repaired until 1952. By 1987, serious deterioration was becoming apparent in the building, leading to a temporary closure of the courthouse for repairs. Following these repairs, the building continued to be used until 1998, when the final sitting was held on 26th and 27th March. The building was revived temporarily for a few months in 1999, being used as a temporary replacement for the St. Albans court house during its refurbishment.