The Court Room
The GROUND floor COURT room is an IMPOSING setting for MARRIAGE CEREMONIES, COMMERCIAL SALES, MEETINGS AND EXHIBITIONS
Often used in combination with the Assembly Room - examples include holding a wedding ceremony or a drinks reception here then moving upstairs to the Assembly Room for dinner, dancing or a stage performance.
The Court Room is a light, airy, high-ceilinged room on the ground floor with the imposing front doors opening onto a wide sweep of steps - perfect for wedding photos. There's a ramp for wheelchair and pushchair access and a small kitchen with hot water boiler and a fridge.
Maximum capacity seated at tables & chairs : 85 / standing audience : 150 / seated audience : 100
Click here for a floor plan & room dimensions
The Court Room takes its name from its history. The room was used as a magistrate's court with prisoners housed in the cells in the basement. The raised dais at one end of the room was the magistrate's bench - nowadays used as a perfect platform for hirers to address the audience. The accused would be brought up from the cells into the Court Room through a hatch in the floor, which is still there. There's some history on the walls: see "an object lesson in history"