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MOOT HALL

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Wigan's Moot Hall stood on the site of the present Moot Hall Chambers. The arched ground floor, occupied by shops by 1600, supported the Hall which was the seat of local government. It housed the Borough Treasury; the courts of 'Porte Mote' for trade matters, Court Leet for minor offences and Courts of Kings Pleas for financial cases. The hall practically fell down in 1719 and the New Town Hall was built elsewhere in Market Place. A later Moot Hall of 1829 was demolished in 1869.

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