Court No. 5

The shops in church Street once had yards which housed workshops, where, from Medieval Times, craftsmen carried out their trades.  In the 19th century, many of the yards behind the shops were turned into what they called “courts”.  These were over-crowded houses with families living in just one room.  There was precious little daylight in these courts and families had to share just one toilet, these bad conditions led to a high death rate.

These buildings are long since gone except for a sign on a passage way entrance to the right of Scott’s the Butchers, indicating the entrance to Court No. 5.

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