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Saturday, 16 July 2011

Events: Old Crown Court and Cells of Dorchester open to the public

Old Crown Court and Cells, Dorchester
The Old Crown Court and Cells of Dorchester will be open for free to visitors this summer.  Experienced Blue Badge guides will be on hand in the historic courtroom and cells to provide tales of the fascinating history that lurks behind the walls and tell the famous story about the trial of the Tolpuddle Martyrs in 1834 which caused national uproar.
The 'harsh' Judge George Jeffreys dispensed many gruesome punishments in the famous courtroom that is located in the district council offices at Stratton House.

The Old Crown Court and Cells are run by West Dorset District Council and located at Stratton House, 58/60 High West Street in Dorchester and will be open Mondays and Thursdays, from July 25 to September 1 from 2pm to 4.30pm. 

The courtroom itself is open all-year round and is free to explore between 10am to noon and 2pm to 4pm Monday to Friday.

For more information visit Dorchester tourist information centre, call 01305 252241
or go to www.visit-dorset.com.

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