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the flanking towers and brick arched. In the centre of the south front is a siatue of George III., and on the right or east side there is an arched doorway and stone staircase leading to
THE ANCIENT GUILDHALL,
Originally formed in the interior of the more ancient towers in the reign of Queen Elizabeth, and repaired, enlarged, and otherwise improved in 1850. Ascending to the Hall, it will be found to occupy the whole interior of the Bar Gate, over the archways, and is well worthy an examination. It is 52 feet long, by 40 feet wide, lighted by four pointed windows of stained glass, on the south side, a large skylight, and several arrow-slit windows in the north front. The Justices' seat formerly occupied the west end of the Hall, and over it was a canopy and a painting of the Judgment of Solomon, but the canopy was destroyed, and the Justices' benches are now in the place of the former Grand Jury Room, the old flank wall between the Norman round towers having been removed. Here the Quarter Sessions are held, and the Magistrates sit to consider the cases brought up by the Police. At the east end is a statue of Queen Anne which formerly occupied the niche, previously mentioned as containing a statue of George III., and some very ancient and interesting arches. The painting of the Judgment of Solomon, and several corporate relics adorn the Magistrates' room at the west end of the Hall, which also accommodates the Grand Jury in Sessions. A splendid view of the country is obtained from the leads.
On passing to the outside, or north front, it will be seen that this fine relic of the olden time has fortunately been hitherto well preserved. The highly picturesque, half-octagonal front, with its bold machicolations, projecting buttresses, acutely pointed and beautifully mould • ed archway, is of more recent date than the central part of the structure, aa is shown by a bold round arch which
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