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Shire Hall Courthouse

Friday, May 7th, 2021

Event Showcase: Shire Hall Courthouse

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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 have finally investigated #ShireHallCourthouse several times since the end of Lockdown restrictions. 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. At night the cells too are an uncomfortable place and you get the sense that you wouldn’t want to be locked in them for any length of time!
The cells where the Tolpuddle Martyrs were held are a very foreboding place, which have proved good for a number of ghost hunting activities.

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