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24 September 2014
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West Derby  Court House
No women were allowed inside the Courthouse

This was a manor Courthouse which has now been in West Derby for over 1000 years. People were not sent to prison here they were either sent to the stocks or fined. No women were allowed in the Courthouse and men weren’t allowed in the Courthouse unless they were over 21 years of age.

The Courthouse was built in 1662. The stocks were originally set next to the Courthouse but the stocks have now been moved next to Yeoman’s.

A Courthouse has been in West Derby for over 1000 years since Wapentake court in Viking times. The present court house was rebuilt in 1586 by Queen Elizabeth I.

It was built of sandstone because it was the strongest material around. The court house is next to the original site of the stocks. The court house has one window and a studded door.


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