Taunton Shire Hall

Taunton, United Kingdom

Taunton Shire Hall

Taunton Shire Hall is a municipal building on Shuttern in Taunton, Somerset. The Shire Hall, which serves as a Crown Court, is a Grade II listed building.

Since the English Civil War, when the castle was repaired, the county assizes had been held in Taunton Castle. Indeed, it was at Taunton Castle that, in the aftermath of the Monmouth Rebellion, Judge Jeffreys held the Bloody Assizes from 17 September 1685 to 19 September 1685. After the justices decided, in the mid-19th century, that the facilities the castle were no longer adequate, they chose to procure a new purpose-built building on a site to the south west of the castle.

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