"Justice - on top of the Old Bailey" The Old Bailey (Central Criminal Court) Tip by easyoar
The Old Bailey (Central Criminal Court), London: 9 reviews and 17 photos
The statue of Justice that stands on top of the Old Bailey building is actually much more famous than the building underneath it - certainly in terms of recognisability!
I believe the sword represents the sword of truth, and the scales are showing that the evidence presented by the prosecution and the defence is weighed up to get to the truth.
Back until 1868, there used to be mass public executions (that means the public were free to watch the hangings of several prisoners at once, not that numerous members of the public were executed!) at this site. The pub across the road (Magpie and Stump) used to served up the condemned their "execution breakfast".
Today, it is possible to go in and watch the court in session.
Address: 26 Old Bailey , London EC4M 7EH
Directions: Nearest Tube, St Paul's Station, At Limeburner St.
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