This was the bench where newspaper reporters would sit so that they could write about the cases in the court. Hundreds of reporters have sat at this bench. If you look closely you will see that a lot of them have scratched their names into the wood.
Did you know? One of the reporters became a very famous author. If you would like to know who he was just pass my next test.
I have hidden some words from his book. As you find the words it might just give you a clue about the famous book that he wrote. When you are finished you can press reveal to check you found them all in the right place.
You should be able to find the following words:
CAPTAIN, PIRATE, WENDY, HOOK, NEVERLAND, FAIRIES, PETER, SMEE, CROCODILE, TINKERBELL
Did you guess the book? It was Peter Pan of course. The author, J.M. Barrie, used to be a reporter. He would have sat here taking notes about cases that were happening here at Leicester Castle Court. I wonder if he dreamed up those characters while he was sitting here? J M Barrie left this area in 1885. 19 years later, in 1904, Peter Pan had its first stage performance in London. The play was an instant hit and ran for 9 years!
Did you know? J.M Barrie gave the rights for Peter Pan to Great Ormond Street Hospital in 1929. Great Ormond Street is a hospital that takes care of children. Every time somebody buys the book, it helps take care of a child who is in need of treatment. As part of the agreement, J.M. Barrie asked them never to reveal how much money they received from his gift. They have always honoured their promise.
Let me show you one final place. We are going to visit the DOCK.
When you find it you know what to do by now.... Just press....