NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
27th February, 1907 : The King and Queen drove down a flower-lined route, loyally cheered by large crowds, to open the new Criminal Courts of Justice at Old Bailey today. It was a magnificent spectacle as the King, in uniform, and the Queen, in a costume of black velvet, greeted Judges, Bishops and City dignitaries all in full robes. Work began on the new court – built on the site of Newgate Prison – in 1902. Designed by Mr E W Mounford, it is both dignified and beautiful; the cost was met by the City of London. In his speech the King said that the noblest purpose of justice was that the criminal should be reformed.
[ So dignified and beautiful – who would not wish to be convicted there? ]