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NORWICH CASTLE MUSEUM – RE-ENACTMENT OF COURT ROOM DRAMA

After our mystery tour to Norwich Park & Ride thanks to the Sat Nav., we eventually arrived at Norwich Castle Museum to watch and take part in the re-enactment of the trial of John Stratford in 1829. The Springboard East actors brilliantly performed their roles. We were led from the narrow corridor where the cells had been, down a spiral staircase, along a dark damp tunnel, giving us a small insight what it was like for the prisoners of that time being led to their fate. In the courtroom we were ushered into the jury box, the others sat in the gallery.

I can’t praise the actors enough for bringing to life what it must have been like for John Stratford who protested his innocence loud and strong of the murder.

After listening to all the evidence given by witnesses, we were asked whether we thought John was innocent, the majority of the 45 people there thought he was, but the jury found him guilty. 

At the end of this re-enactment John Stratford read out his confession, he had indeed intended to committed murder, but there was a twist in this case maybe if you’re interested I will tell you at a meeting sometime.

It was certainly was well worth the £1.50 we paid.

Maragaret Hayday