County hall

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A county hall or shire hall is a common name given to a building that houses the seat of local government for a county.

The location of the county hall has usually denoted the county town. However in the case of Surrey, England, when county boundaries changed the county hall remained in Kingston upon Thames and so is now in a different county.[1] County Halls usually contain a council chamber, committee rooms and offices.[2]

List of county and shire halls[edit]

County Halls in the England, with the county they serve, include:

Name Town or city County Reference
Shire Hall Reading Berkshire [3]
County Hall Aylesbury Buckinghamshire [4]
County Hall Chelmsford Essex [5]
County Hall Dorchester Dorset [6]
Shire Hall Gloucester Gloucestershire [7]
County Hall Hertford Hertfordshire [8]
County Hall Kingston upon Thames Surrey [9]
City Hall London London [10]
County Hall Matlock Derbyshire [11]
The Guildhall Westminster Middlesex [12]
County Hall Morpeth Northumberland [13]
County Hall Northallerton North Yorkshire [14]
County Hall Nottingham Nottinghamshire [15]
County Buildings Stafford Staffordshire [16]
County Hall Taunton Somerset [17]
Endeavour House Ipswich Suffolk [18]
County Hall Lewes East Sussex [19]
County Hall Trowbridge Wiltshire [20]
County Hall Wakefield West Yorkshire [21]
Shire Hall Warwick Warwickshire [22]
County Hall Worcester Worcestershire [23]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "There's one English county whose county town is in a different county". Citymetric. 6 October 2017. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  2. ^ "The Council Chamber, Hertford, opening times". Hertfordshire County Council. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  3. ^ "From old Shire Hall to sheer class". Get Reading. 2 March 2006. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  4. ^ "Take a look at Aylesbury's historic architecture". Bucks Herald. 19 June 2014. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  5. ^ Historic England. "Blocks C and D, County Hall, Chelmsford (1391892)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  6. ^ Historic England. "The Shire Hall, Dorchester (1119069)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  7. ^ Historic England. "The Shire Hall, Westgate Street, Gloucester (1245084)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  8. ^ Historic England. "County Hall Including Terraces and Fountain, Hertford (1268807)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  9. ^ Historic England. "Surrey County Hall, Kingston upon Thames (1184834)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  10. ^ "Inside City Hall" Retrieved 2010-03-01 Archived 4 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Historic England. "Former Smedley's Hydropathic (County Council offices) (1248195)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  12. ^ Historic England. "Middlesex Guildhall (1226369)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 17 September 2009.
  13. ^ "Northumberland County Council to spend £17m on HQ revamp". Hexham Courant. 25 January 2018. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  14. ^ Historic England. "County Hall, Northallerton (1150967)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  15. ^ "Iconic offices could be built at County Hall in 'ambitious' plan to transform council's estate". Nottingham Post. 14 March 2019. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  16. ^ Historic England. "County Buildings and Judges House, Stafford (1298178)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  17. ^ Historic England. "A Block County Hall and Entrance Forecourt and Pavements, Taunton (1246219)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  18. ^ "Endeavour House". Building.co.uk. 28 May 2004. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  19. ^ "History of East Sussex County Council: Meetings and buildings". East Sussex County Council. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  20. ^ "Wiltshire County Hall, Trowbridge". The Building Centre. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  21. ^ Historic England. "County Hall, Wakefield (Offices of West Yorkshire County Council) (1242349)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  22. ^ Historic England. "Warwickshire County Council officers and former county gaol (1364827)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  23. ^ "Directions to County Hall". Worcestershire County Council. Retrieved 13 August 2019.