Leicester Town Hall

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Leicester Town Hall
Leicester Town Hall tower.jpg
General information
Architectural style Queen Anne Style
Town or city Leicester
Country England
Construction started 1874
Completed 1876
Design and construction
Architect Francis Hames

Leicester Town Hall in the city centre of Leicester, England, it is set in a square which contains a fountain. The building is the town hall of the city of Leicester and contains Leicester Bike Park.

The town hall was built on the former cattle market between 1874 and 1876 in the Queen Anne Style by Francis Hames. Before it was built the Guildhall acted as the town hall.[1]

On the first Wednesday of each month, a free tour is given by a Blue Badge tourist guide. This starts at 2 pm and lasts up to 2 hours and concludes with tea and biscuits in the Lord Mayor's Tea Room. Contrary to the notice board outside, visitors do not need tickets for the tour. Some history is given of the building, details of previous Lord Mayors etc. and one can visit the former courtroom and the current main council chamber.[citation needed]

Leicester Town Hall covers an area of nearly 7,000 m2 and claims (Leicester City Council)to be the most energy efficient in the UK following a £80,000 investment in 1994.[citation needed] The installation of a number of energy-saving measures has reduced heating costs by more than £13,000 in less than ten years.[2]

Town Hall Square fountain[edit]

Leicester Town Council accepted on 29 October 1878, "a handsome ornamental fountain to be placed in the centre of the land fronting the Town Hall Buildings" which was a gift to the Borough from Israel Hart, a former Mayor of Leicester.[3] It is constructed of bronze-painted cast iron, Shap granite and Ross of Mull granite.[citation needed] Francis Hames, the architect of the town hall, also designed the layout of Town Hall Square and the fountain, which was unveiled by Sir Israel Hart on 24 September 1879.[citation needed] There is an identical fountain at Porto in Portugal.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Town Hall (Leicester)". Colin Crosby Heritage Tours. Retrieved 2008-03-03. 
  2. ^ "Town Hall>Energy Efficiency Measures". Leicester City Council. Retrieved 2009-03-28. 
  3. ^ "Town Hall Square Fountain". Leicester City Council. Retrieved 2009-03-28. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Seaton, Derek (2004) Leicester’s Town Hall: aa Victorian jewel. Leicester City Council ISBN 1-901156-23-0

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 52°38′0″N 1°7′57″W / 52.63333°N 1.13250°W / 52.63333; -1.13250 (Leicester Town Hall)