The town-hall was built at the close of the, 8th century on the site of one erected in 1656, which succeeded the old moot-hall dating from Saxon times.
The bailiff was to be chosen every year in the Moot Hall and to be assisted by fourteen principal burgesses and a recorder.
In the town are two strong castellated towers of the 14th century, known as the Moot Hall and the Manor Office.
A small picturesque Moot Hall of the 16th century is used for corporation meetings.
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