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Shire Hall Lottery Bid 'Almost Ready'

Shire Hall

8:19am 3rd August 2014

The finishing touches are being put to a Heritage Lottery Fund bid to turn Dorchester's Shire Hall into a leading tourist attraction.

The home of the Courts which sentenced the Tolpuddle Martyrs and where Thomas Hardy sat as a magistrate will go on public view if West Dorset can convince lottery bosses to match fund the £ 1.1 million they're prepared to put into the scheme out of a project expected to cost nearly 3 million.

They've already received some lottery money from stage 1 of the application process for development.

Council leader Robert Gould is expecting approval and if so, work could start almost immediately with a projected opening in the summer of 2017.

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