Courts held at Inns

  • 19 Feb 2023
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The practice of the gaoler selling drinks ceased with the building of the new Guildhall, and led to the Justices of the Peace adjoining to a nearby inn. The King's Head and the Golden Lion in High Street was widely used, but for the County Justices there was convenience in dealing with the minor cases at the Talbot Inn in the Cathedral precincts. Until 1835, the Cathedral area was outside the jurisdiction of the City authorities, so the County Justices could have the benefits of town surroundings yet operate on neutral ground.