This perfectly preserved 19th Century Well Court was used by the Magistrates in the Town until the middle 20th Century and has the feel of ordered authority in it’s simple colour scheme. It has the Magistrates bench, the witness stand, the accused’s dock and the well, with seating around a large table for the Lawyers. Seating for the Jury overlooks the well. The number of people permitted is also 35, though not all seated.
It is reached by a wide, curving stairway from the main door on the left side. At the top of the stairway is a large open landing, originally used by the public, the press and waiting witnesses when the Court was in session. Two tall arched glazed doors open onto the balcony that overlooks the High Street and is edged with flowers in the summer.