Shire Hall, Courthouse Ghost Hunt, Dorchester
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Shire Hall was Dorset’s courthouse from 1797 until 1955. Through that time, it saw everything from the 1834 trial of the Tolpuddle Martyrs to the 1856 domestic abuse case that inspired Thomas Hardy to write ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles’, to victims of mesmerism, child perpetrators and American GIs tried during the Second World War.
Alongside its human history lies Shire Hall’s intrinsic architectural value, as one of the best-preserved buildings of its kind. This is recognised in its Grade I listed status, awarded in 1950. It was designed by architect Thomas Hardwick. As well as being a well-known architect in his own right, Hardwick was also the architectural tutor of the artist J.M.W. Turner, before advising him to focus on his painting instead.
After ending its life as a court in 1955, Shire Hall was used as offices for West Dorset District Council (previously the Rural District Council), thus preserving the Georgian architecture for future generations.
Many visitors to this building have reported paranormal activity, it is said that poltergeist activity is a regular occurrence here. Items have seemingly moved by unseen hands. ghostly footsteps and mysterious figures have also been witnessed here.
Will you join us on a ghost hunt at this this old courthouse? Walking in the footsteps of those who once worked and those who were convicted here. This building awaits to tell you its stories.