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HISTORIC VENUE ADVERTISING FEATURE


Grand Jury Room


Business manager Claire Burden


No trip to Salisbury will be complete now without a stop off at The Guildhall


Open to visitors S


et in the heart of the city of Salisbury, The Guildhall is set to reopen its doors on Tuesday 3 May 2011 following a £1.2 million


refurbishment project. The current building, dating back


to 1795 and owned by Salisbury City Council, is the fourth building of its type to be constructed on the Guildhall Square. The first Guildhall was built in medieval times when it was known as The Bishop’s Guildhall. In 1795, the building had fallen into disrepair following a substantial fire. Later that year an act of parliament was passed to surrender the bishop’s rights to the building and saw it returned to the city. This was on the condition that new city


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goal was included in the building. As home to one of the courts in the


city, the building would have seen cases such as petty theft and more gruesome crimes such as murder. One of the most notorious judges, Justice Park sentenced 28 defendants to death, even when one of the crimes was stealing just half a crown!


“The building has revealed sOme Of iTs pasT lives”


Although the courts have now left the building, the Oak Court remains. This magnificent court room now provides a


AFTER AN EXTENSIVE REFURBISHMENT, SALISBURY’S HISTORIC GUILDHALL WILL OPEN FOR BUSINESSON 3 MAY. MAKE SURE YOU PAY IT A VISIT SOON


unique and historic setting for wedding ceremonies and conferences. During its latest refurbishment the building has revealed some of its past lives including previously unknown door frames and walkways. Claire Burden, business manager for Salisbury City Council has been tasked with taking the building forward in this latest phase of its life. She says: “The building is iconic in the city and it is an honour and privilege to work with such a historically significant building. The refurbishment project by Ellis & Co has restored the venue to be a gem in Salisbury’s crown. The next stage is to bring the venue back into full use in the city and become a great place to visit for both residents and visitors.”


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