Sweet plans to transform empty court

Sir William O'Brien who is hoping to secure use of the ex-Magistrates court in Pontefract as the home of a Liquorice museum.
Sir William O'Brien who is hoping to secure use of the ex-Magistrates court in Pontefract as the home of a Liquorice museum.
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A group is hoping to give the empty magistrates’ court in Pontefract a new lease of life as a liquorice museum.

Pontefract Town Centre Partnership (PTCP) hope to open a museum showcasing the history of the crop which was first grown in the town in the 14th century.

PTCP has now written to Her Majesty’s Court Service enquiring about the court building, which closed last month, as a possible location.

Sir William O’Brien, secretary of PTCP, said: “Pontefract has hundreds of years of history in liquorice.

“There were once 15 producers of the sweet in Pontefract and there is a mountain of information. We would be foolish not to take advantage of that.”

The group has also spoken to Tangerine Confectionary and Haribo, which are located next to the Magistrates’ Court, on Front Street, about the plans.

Sir O’Brien added: “It has always been said that Pontefract, with the exception of York, has more history than any other town in Yorkshire.

“There is very little between us and York in terms of history and this museum would enable us to rub shoulders with York and draw in many tourists.”