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CESW Dorset Club - Shire Hall Visit
Wed 24 May 2017, 10:00 – 10:00 BST
CESW Dorset Club have arranged a visit to Shire Hall, Dorchester on Wednesday 24th May 2017.
Join Greendale Constructon for a tour of Shire Hall to see the works being undertaken in making this Grade 1 listed Building into a world class visitor attraction. They are just over a third of the way into the contract. It is a great opportunity to see the transformation and careful restoration of this historic building. Shire Hall was built between 1796 and 1800 designed by a London Architect Thomas Hardwick. He provided a handsome building with a severe classical frontage to High West street. The building included the Crown Court which hosted the travelling Assize court. The court was the scene of the trial of the Tolpuddle Martyrs in 1834 and later the writer Thomas Hardy served there as a magistrate. The court was used until 1955. The rest of the building continued to be used for local government until West Dorset District Council move to new offices in 2012 – time has stood still at the court and cells , which appear today almost as they did in Georgian times.
• The new visitor centre which is part funded by HLF will have a new reception, café and learning spaces etc,
• Full accessibility for all with a lift serving all public spaces..
• Two new flats are being created to assist in the funding of the project.
• New slate and lead roof
• All new M&E services.
• A new atmospheric tour will be available to visitors which will take them down to the cells and up to the Court Room dock.
Numbers are restricted to two sets of 12 / tour and talk. The first tour commences at 10.00am with the second at 12.00pm. Please wear appropriate clothing including sturdy safety footwear. Hi-viz jackets and hard hats will be provided.
For further information on the Shire hall project go to; www.dorsetforyou.com/shirehallproject
Access: the site entrance is at rear of Shire Hall building.
Parking: public car parks at County Hall or the top of town. There is no parking on site.