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Our next stop in Guildford on the Heritage Open Days trail, is the Guildhall which is easily spotted on the High Street as it has a balcony and a wonderful clock overhanging the road.
The Mayor and Corporation of Guildford used to meet in the Guildhall to regulate commerce and it is also where the Courts of Law sat in judgement. There was a Medieval Guildhall on the site but this one was built in Elizabethan times. Queen Elizabeth I actually visited in 1589.
|There they go marching through Tunsgate Square on their way to the Castle.|
Inside the plush interior plus the portraits and the official silverware look impressive.
Downstairs the Chamber with beamed ceiling and heraldic stained glass windows, was set out ready for story telling. Behind the judges bench was the retiring room, complete with an historic Mayor ready to relive the day in 1915 when a zeppelin circled over Guildford dropping 12 bombs .
Back in the main chamber, the walls displayed royal portraits, a German two handed sword used in processions and measures used to check quantities of grain for tolls. Over the stairs that would have led to the cells, was this rather grand clock made in the 1790s by Robert Stennett of Bath. After the 1797 Act taxing watches, this type of clock was known as Act of Parliament clocks as they were used in public places so people wouldn't need a watch.