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Retired Members Group Tour of the Royal Courts of Justice
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Tours last between about one hour and one hour and fifteen minutes. There might be the opportunity to watch a case afterwards.

When: Thursday, June 27, 2019
11:00 AM
Where: Royal Courts of Justice
Fleet Street/The Strand
London WC2A 2LL
United Kingdom
Contact: Christie Ikeogu

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The Royal Courts of Justice houses the High Court and Court of Appeal of England and Wales. It was designed by George Edmund Street, who died before it was completed in the 1870s. It is believed that the stress of the task may have contributed to his death at the age of 57.

it is in the Victorian Gothic style and was opened by Queen Victoria in 1882. The finished building contained 35 million Portland stone bricks, more than 3.5 miles of corridor and over 1,000 clocks. Many of these have to be wound by hand; “The Dawn Winder” comes in a couple of mornings each week to do this.

It used to be the court of last resort and highest appellate court in the UK, until the Supreme Court was established in 2009. (It shouldn’t be confused with the Central Criminal Court, the Old Bailey, which is about 1⁄2 mile to the east.)

Cost: £13.00 (£10.84 + VAT)

Tour highlights:

  • The Great Hall
  • Viewing of original court documents relating to Guy Fawkes from year 1605
  • Exhibition of legal costumes
  • Art history, including works by Wright, Lawrence and Shee
  • History of famous cases and Inquiries

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