Shire Hall is being refurbished to become a new Historic Courthouse...read more
Shire Hall is being refurbished to become a new Historic Courthouse Museum. It is due to open to the public in March 2018.
The Grade I listed building houses a spectacular Georgian courtroom and cells. It was the scene of the trial of the Tolpuddle Martyrs in 1834, a significant moment in the history of the trades union movement. The trial, and subsequent events, changed the course of history and helped to shape the society in which we live today.
In the early 20th century the writer Thomas Hardy served as a magistrate at this court, an experience that inspired some of his writing.
Come and visit us in 2018 for an immersive, enjoyable, thought provoking and memorable experience.