The Anchor Archway

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The ancient Anchor Archway adjoined Dunstable town hall in High Street North. When the hall was demolished a newer building was erected which now houses the Abbey building society. Care was taken to preserve the old archway through which horse-drawn coaches once travelled to reach a famous inn, the White Horse where, famously, King Henry VIII once stayed. The public house called the Anchor was on the right of the archway. The town's fire brigade once kept its fire engines in a garage at the rear of the town hall but the more modern fire appliances were too wide to drive through the archway, and the brigade had to move. In more recent times, the archway was the access to Dunstable Borough Council meetings and sittings of Dunstable Magistrates Court, which were held in a first-floor room at the rear of the town hall.