Walsingham Shirehall




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Nation   England

County   Norfolk

Location   Common Place,  Little Walsingham

Map location   exact or closely approximate

Year opened   c.1770

Year closed   1974

Century of Operation   1700-1799, 1800-1899, 1900-1999

Building Type   Courthouse

Remarks   There is a lock-up inside the Shirehall at Walsingham. Located at the back of the courtroom, it was used to hold prisoners who were waiting for trial at Petty Sessions and Quarter Sessions. It is, more like a waiting room than a cell. There are benches for prisoners to sit on. It is unlikely that any prisoner would have been kept in this lock-up overnight. The Quarter Sessions at Walsingham were abolished in 1861. Petty Sessions continued to be held until 1974.

Description: Shirehall, exterior

Photo by: Photo © Stephen McKay (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Description: Shirehall interior - courtroom used for Petty Sessions and Quarter Sessions from the late 18th century

Photo by: Photo © John Salmon (cc-by-sa/2.0)


    'Shirehall Museum and Prison', Walsingham Village website (November 2019)

  • https://www.walsinghamvillage.org/about/shirehall-museum-and-prison/


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