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Norfolk Coroner’s Court could relocate to historic Norwich building next month

Norfolk Coroner's Court. Photo by Simon Finlay

Norfolk Coroner's Court. Photo by Simon Finlay

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Inquests could be held in a historic Grade II-listed building in Norwich from next month.

Carrow House.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYCarrow House. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

For the past six years Norfolk Coroner’s Court has held inquest hearings at Eastgate House on Thorpe Road.

But noise from the building’s ongoing refurbishment has resulted in the court having to temporarily relocate this week.

Now, the coroner’s office has revealed that Carrow House on King Street could become a “long-term” option for the court.

And it said inquests could be held inside the building from February.

The Norfolk County Council-owned Carrow House was once home to Norfolk Museums Services’ costumes and textiles collection until 2011.

More recently it housed the children’s services department.

It dates back to the 19th century and features a large conservatory built by former city manufactures Boulton & Paul.

A spokesman for the coroner’s service said: “We have worked closely with the landlords of Eastgate House over the past months to try to minimise disruption resulting from the necessary building works being undertaken, but have now identified an existing County Council building, Carrow House, as a longer term option for the Coroner’s court.

“This building requires a little modification and cosmetic work but it is hoped that we will be able to move inquests there in February.”

Eastgate House has been home to the coroner’s court since March 2011.

But in 2015, the 1970s office block was purchased by a private investor and has since been turned into 47 apartments.

Inquest hearings have continued throughout the building’s refurbishment, despite noise from builders sometimes interrupting proceedings.

However, on Monday the court was relocated to the coroner’s office, also on Thorpe Road, on a temporary basis.

The coroner’s service said the office can handle smaller inquest hearings, but larger inquests will be located at the Magistrates’ Court in King’s Lynn or Great Yarmouth.

Despite moving out of Eastgate House, the coroner’s office still has a lease on the building until 2021.

Are you planning to refurbish a historic building? Email luke.powell@archant.co.uk

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