Cow Sqaure & The Old Hall

If we retrace our steps back up to the junction of the three old streets, we can see all the way down Broad Street. One of the first things you notice is the width of the road, it is very wide, hence the name Broad Street. The reason this road is so wide is because it was here that the market was. Livestock of all kinds were kept in pens on either side of the street on market day.

Since then trees have been planted on both sides of the street. These were planted back in 1863 to commemorate the wedding of Edward VII to Alexandra. Most of the original trees are still there, with only two or three having been replaced.

At the point where Broad Street meets with North Street is Cow Square. This is so called because it is where the cows were paraded when being auctioned. Overlooking this square is quite a large building, and this is the Old Hall.

The Old Hall can be dated back to 1278, when Edward I came to the town on his way to Glastonbury. This building was then set up as the County Hall and the Court of Assizes. This then made Somerton the head of the county. To the left of the building stood the jail, here the judges dropped off prisoners.

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