Posted by: travelrat | May 1, 2013

Guildhall, Salisbury

Oak Court

A feature of the St. George’s Day celebrations at the Guildhall in Salisbury was The Storyteller, who did his thing in the Oak Court. Now, decorated as it is, it suited the purpose admirably. But its original use was as the Magistrate’s Court. Nowadays, it’s held elsewhere. I haven’t been in the ‘new’ one, but, if it’s anything like the one in which I made my only appearance so far (riding a motor bike without lights, if you must know) it’s a pretty soulless place.

But, if you got hauled before the Beak in such intimidating surroundings, that, after you’d paid any penalty imposed, it’s highly probable that you would go, and sin no more.

Holding cells, Guildhall

Further exploration of the Guildhall led to the holding cells, where the real villains were held pending trial. These days, they’re used as store rooms … but there’s still a dire warning on the wall.



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