Old Town Magistrates Court and Police Station
The Victorian Police Station built in 1895, and used until 1959. Still remaining intact are 4 of the original cells that are used to display exhibits from the Victorian police and other related activities.
Upstairs the majestic Victorian Magistrates Court opened in 1857 in a room constructed as a town meeting room in 1820. The main body of the court had to be mobile as the room doubled up as a Council Chamber in the evening for the Borough of Margate Council meet. The room remained such until 1971 when the new Court house opened in Cecil Square.
Now housing the main gallery of the Margate Museum the Court Room contains artefacts telling the eventual story of the town of Margate. The walls are adorned with paintings and prints highlighting the rich history of the town and its inhabitants. The Magistrates Bench and Dock are still here and you can sit in the very chair where Dr Simpson pronounced sentences on Mods and Rockers at Whitsun 1964.
See the displays on the Royal Sea Bathing Hospital and Cecil born 2,500 years ago and found under the buildings of the modern police station, and more…