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On Reflection

This was our last stop on our day of locations. Coming from Smithfield, we were surprised how quickly you could see the Statue of Justice dominating the sky. Standing at the base on the 'Old Bailey' or Central Criminal Court, it is very imposing dark grey stone building spanning the entire length of two corners of the street. The Central Criminal Court is stationed on one corner of a busy crossroads opposite the St Sepulchre without Newgate which houses the bell they used to ring when a hanging was going to take place. There is no sign of Newgate Prison now as it was demolished in 1777 but a plaque tells the story of where it was. Looking at the buildings from the other side of the road, the full scale hits you and I'm not surprised Fagin used it as a caution for Oliver. However ending there himself wasn't very clever. I really can't get my head around what Fagin must of thought but I could imagine the courtroom he was tried in. Having not seen inside I would like to go back and see the court room that is in use today. The main thing you can see is the Statue of Justice which shines over everything with it's gold decoration. The Statue of Justice represents the law with a sword in one hand and scales in the other and sums up the building and what it stands for.

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