All meetings start at 7.30pm at the Methodist Church, Station Road unless otherwise stated.
Entry: Members £2 Non-members £4
Tuesday 29 January
It's a Fair Cop!
1839 and All that!
An illustrated whistle-stop tour through time by local historian Ward Jones, exploring how the town would have been policed, justice administered and punishment meted out.
Following Government legislation in 1839, counties were given permission to go about establishing county police forces. Wiltshire magistrates, anxious about unrest across the county, took the bold decision to set up a force in Wiltshire. They beat Gloucestershire to the mark and became the first county to do so. The seeds were sown for the establishment of a professional police force.
What did this mean in practice? From where did the money come to pay the force? How did it affect Westbury? How was law and order kept in the town before this date? Did you know there was a County prison at Devizes and a Reformatory for young people at Warminster? And what about the role played by ducking stools, whipping posts and blind houses?
These and other questions will be explored in Ward Jones' talk.
Everyone is welcome. Tickets for this fascinating talk can be purchased in advance by clicking on the icon below (our thanks to Westbury Festival for allowing us to use this facility), from the Heritage & Visitor Centre in the High Street or on the door. (Members of the WHS can only obtain their tickets on the door).
The display in the main window is changed approximately every two months.
The window space and cabinets inside are available for displays by local organisations. Please contact us to arrange a date if you would like to use them.