Judges Court

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Judges Court is a boutique hotel situated in the heart of York. The 4 storey Georgian building is grade II listed and is a hidden gem set back from the busy streets, accessed by a private alley. The building used to house the Assize Judges from 1720 onwards. These were the King’s highest ranking judiciary figures and who travelled between major cities to sit in judgement on the most high profile cases. This included the trial and subsequent hanging of the famous highway man Dick Turpin.

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Fettle were approached to create an identity that reflected the history of the building but also the contemporary luxury, sense of British eccentricity and high quality of service. We worked alongside interior designer Oliver Redfern to apply the identity with consistency throughout the hotel.The identity includes a contemporary take on King George I royal crest. As the reigning monarch at the time of the building’s use as lodging for the king’s court, many of these crests of the time were found in the renovation of the old building. As a secondary device, a simplified marque and roundel is used as a stamp or emboss to symbolise the round mark made by a judge’s gavel. This was coupled with a palette that is mixture of materials and colours that are both imposingly regal and eccentrically British.