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The Old Town Hall

The Old Town Hall, a Grade II Listed building, was constructed on its present site in 1859 when the old Civic Offices occupied what is now Saxon Square. The Civic Offices moved to Bridge Street in 1980 and the following year all the buildings except the Old Town Hall were demolished as part of a scheme of redevelopment of the Town Centre.

To complement the Saxon Square development it was decided to refurbish the building and reinstate the Mayor's Parlour into the new restored building. In April 1983 the Old Town Hall was officially opened with the ground floor having been restored to its original open arch design to permit access to Saxon Square.

It is currently used for council members to assemble when joining civic functions such as Remembrance Sunday and the Civic Service, and for formal entertainment of visitors and local people by the Mayor.

In recent years the building has suffered from many problems associated with a building of its age. When restoration work to the exterior stonework, roof and paintwork was carried out in 1996, the opportunity was taken to carry out some refurbishment to the interior.

Hiring the Old Town Hall

The Old Town Hall is available for hire for holding functions and events such as:

  • Hospitality to VIPs
  • Board Meetings
  • Training Events
  • Corporate Presentations
  • Exhibitions

The Old Town Hall can accommodate a maximum of 30 people although there is seating for only about 18. It can be set up in various styles from a formal meeting room to a theatre style conference. Visual aids such as projectors, screens, televisions and videos are also available to aid your presentations.

Catering is permitted although this will have to be arranged by the hirer.

Regrettably, the following functions cannot be held in the Old Town Hall:

  • Parties
  • Retail Events
  • Weddings
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Individual's Social Events (Birthdays/Anniversaries)

For more information, please contact the Mayor's Secretary.

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