A novel idea...

As I've mentioned here previously, my late father was the Clerk to the Justices at Gravesham Magistrates' Court, which sat at the Old Town Hall, Gravesend (left). As part of a rationalisation process, Gravesham Magistrates' Court was closed some years ago.

Now, my father did not share the building with the Council. Nevertheless, I still find it somewhat ironic to read today that town halls could be used as courts. Such is progress...


  1. In the 1970s I recall that Leeds Town Hall was also used as the Assizes and beneath it the cells in the Bridewell...

  2. Really? Yes, there were cells beneath the Old Town Hall as well. I remember advising clients down there...


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