Town Hall, Chester
Chesters Town Hall is a fine Victorian Gothic Building in the centre of the city. It was opened by the future King Edward VII in 1869, it is said to have an impressive interior but it is not open to visitors.
It is the starting point for many of the City walks
In 1862, The Exchange was burnt down, and a competition was set up to find a new Town Hall to be built on the site. In 1869, the new Town Hall, designed by competition winner W.H. Lynn of Belfast, was opened. The building was opened by The Prince of Wales, later to become King Edward VII.
The Town Hall is also home to the Tourist Information Office.
The Town Hall is the starting point for Chester's Millenium Trail, a good sight-seeing route to take when visiting chester. For more information on this trail, please see my general tips.
The Victorian Gothic Town hall is constructed of three different types of red and grey sandstone. It was opened in 1869 by HRH The Prince of Wales. It replaced the former Exchange which was burned down in 1862. It was designed by Willliam Henry Lynn who intended it to resemble a French Chateau. The town hall is surmounted by a 157 foot high tower. The clock commemorates Chester's 1,900th anniversary.
The was one of the first buildings I spotted as I was leaving the bus station. The Town Hall is centrally located and with a tourist information office conveniently located to one side. The building is faced in banded pink and buff sandstone with a grey/green slate roof and is in a Gothic revival style. The building was completed in 1869 after the previous building burnt down and was opened by the Prince of Wales. The building is topped by a 160 foot tower with a clock which was added at a later date. The main entrance is approached by two flights of steps.
Chester's imposing neo-Gothic Town Hall was completed in 1869. Like most of Chester's buildings it is made of red sandstone. Its tower and spire risieto a height of 160 feet. The building was completed in 1869, and it was officially opened on October 15th that year by the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII.
Today, most of the City Council's departments are housed in the Forum Offices which were opened in 1973 and are located adjacent to the Town Hall. However the Town Hall itself is still regarded as the symbolic expression of civic government, having changed very little in external appearance since its completion in 1869.
The entrance is approached by two flights of steps from Northgate Street. The year of completion, 1869, and the armorial bearings used by Chester until 1974 are carved above the porch which also contains four sculptures in Bath stone. These depict Roman soldiers building the walls of Chester; Egbert (802-39), King of the West Saxons and conqueror of Mercia; the entry of Charles I into Chester in 1642; and Hugh I receiving the earldom of Chester from William the Conqueror, c.1077.
A major scheme of repair and refurbishment to the Town Hall started in May 2008 and is expected to be completed by late autumn 2009.
This is one the Britain's most beautiful civic buildings. Designed by William Henry Lynn, a Belfast architect, it replaced an earlier structure. It was completed in 1869. It was inspired by the Cloth Hall in Ypres, Belgium.
The beautiful Neogothic building was built on the site of the former guildhall and opened by the Prince of Wales, the future Edward VII, in 1869. Some say that it is inspired by the Ypres Clot Hall, some others by a French chateau – for me, it's just beautiful Victorian Gothic. There are three dials on the sides of the tower with the one facing Wales missing. The architect said: “Chester won't give the Welsh the time of day”.
The interior is a rime example for Victorian architecture. Some rooms of the town hall can be visited when they are not in use. Information about times can be obtained from the tourist information (in the same building to the left of the main entrance) or at the town hall reception desk.
I've heard Chester's City Hall referred to as a "Town Hall," which frankly confuses me. You see, I always considered Chester to be a "City" rather than a "Town," due primarily to Chester's football club being named "Chester City." I figure, why name a team "City" if you're really just a "Town"?
Not that it matters. The football team is gawd-awful, but the hall is lovely. And it has a tourist info center, so stop in and say "Hello."