Warwick’s old Court House is revived

Kris Pietrecki, Ashley Hayward and John Booth of Unlocking Warwick as historical characters Jane Brannan (a workhouse absconder), Charles Redfern Esq (chairman of the bench and mayor of Warwick in 1851) and  Constable John Bumford.

Kris Pietrecki, Ashley Hayward and John Booth of Unlocking Warwick as historical characters Jane Brannan (a workhouse absconder), Charles Redfern Esq (chairman of the bench and mayor of Warwick in 1851) and Constable John Bumford.

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A Warwick group are inviting people to discover more about the town’s old court house - and travel back in time to experience a 19th century magistrates session.

Unlocking Warwick is leading free tours around the newly refurbished building in Jury Street, which was originally built in 1571, on bank holiday Monday (May 5), before enacting a dramatic representation, based on town archives, of a petty magistrates session of 1851.

A gift to the Corporation of Warwick from Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, the building was in its early years used to house the corporation’s weekly meetings. After begin damaged in the Fire of Warwick in 1694, the building was replaced with the sandstone Grade I listed building that stands there today. It was used as a magistrates court until 1970.

 

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