Snaresbrook court labelled ‘a wreck’

The view across Eagle Pond

Snaresbrook Crown Court has become ‘a wreck’ according to The Economist newspaper in an article which discusses English courts not coping with everyday demands.

Boarded up lodge at the pedestrian entrance

The building, designed in part by George Gilbert Scott, has been used as a court for nearly 50 years though was originally built in 1841 as an orphanage.

The article says: “At Snaresbrook, even the grand Victorian building is a wreck. The outside is covered in scaffolding; the air conditioning frequently fails, leaving everyone sweltering.” (Link here. £)

The scaffolding at the building is part of a £4m renovation programme which was announced in 2018 and which includes new a new roof.

In better times. By Nigel Cox, CC BY-SA 2.0