Sunday, September 19, 2021 04:58

Shire Hall Courthouse

Event Showcase: Shire Hall Courthouse

History of Shire Hall Courthouse
The Shire Hall Courthouse was Dorset’s courthouse from 1797 until 1955. Notable dates are the 1834 trial of the Tolpuddle Martyrs to the 1856 domestic abuse case that inspired Thomas Hardy to write ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles’.

Ghost Hunting
We haven’t investigated #ShireHallCourthouse yet due to various covid lockdowns. On our site visit we had a real sense of being guilty ascending the staircase from the cells to the Courtroom! The cells and the holding pen just at the bottom of the staircase into the Court room was an unpleasant place.
The cells where the Tolpuddle Martyrs were held are a very foreboding place, which we hope will be good for a number of ghost hunting activities.

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