Bow Street Magistrates Court – Closing Friday

One of London’s most famous courts — where suspected terrorists, petty thieves and prostitutes mingle with the ghosts of Oscar Wilde, D.H. Lawrence and generations of killers — is closing Friday.

With the end of Bow Street Magistrates Court goes a living monument in the development of British justice and a tangible link to the genesis of the capital’s police service, descended from a posse created in 1749 by a former magistrate, the novelist Henry Fielding.

The old court and police station at Bow Street, opened in 1881 opposite the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, has been sold and may become a hotel.

(The complete article on Yahoo – is well worth reading, as it’s an interesting history of the court and its visitors – famous and notorious)

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