In the early 1870s two early seventeenth century properties – Hospital of the Poors Portion and the Orphan’s Aid buildings – at the top of Catherine Street were cleared to make way for part of the new Plymouth Guildhall and Municipal Buildings complex. Included within this new development was the new Police Court and for the next sixty years or so the boys in blue had their central base here. Just before the war the Police moved out to a new HQ at Greenbank and soon after that Plymouth City Treasury moved in. And here they stayed for almost fifty years, until the time came for them to relocate in 1986. Empty for some time, and more latterly an opticians, earlier this year what had been the rates office became Plymouth’s newest bar/restaurant – The Treasury, bringing the building into the twenty-first century at the same time retaining the charm – and some of the furniture – of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.