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
Avon House Bristol Avon [3]
County Hall Bedford Bedfordshire [4]
Shire Hall Reading Berkshire [5]
County Hall Aylesbury Buckinghamshire [6]
Shire Hall Cambridge Cambridgeshire [7]
County Hall Chester Cheshire [8]
Municipal Buildings Middlesbrough Cleveland [9]
County Hall Truro Cornwall [10]
Cumbria House Carlisle Cumbria [11]
County Hall Matlock Derbyshire [12]
County Hall Exeter Devon [13]
County Hall Dorchester Dorset [14]
County Hall Durham Durham [15]
County Hall Lewes East Sussex [16]
County Hall Chelmsford Essex [17]
Shire Hall Gloucester Gloucestershire [18]
City Hall London Greater London [19]
Castle Hill Winchester Hampshire [20]
County Hall Hertford Hertfordshire [21]
County Hall Maidstone Kent [22]
County Hall Preston Lancashire [23]
County Hall Glenfield Leicestershire [24]
County Offices Lincoln Lincolnshire [25]
The Guildhall Westminster Middlesex [26]
County Hall Norwich Norfolk [27]
County Hall Northampton Northamptonshire [28]
County Hall Morpeth Northumberland [29]
County Hall Northallerton North Yorkshire [30]
County Hall Nottingham Nottinghamshire [31]
County Hall Oxford Oxfordshire [32]
County Hall Taunton Somerset [33]
County Buildings Stafford Staffordshire [34]
Endeavour House Ipswich Suffolk [35]
County Hall Kingston upon Thames Surrey [36]
Sandyford House Newcastle upon Tyne Tyne and Wear [37]
Shire Hall Warwick Warwickshire [38]
County Hall Chichester West Sussex [39]
County Hall Wakefield West Yorkshire [40]
County Hall Trowbridge Wiltshire [41]
County Hall Worcester Worcestershire [42]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  10. ^ Historic England. "New County Hall including terrace pool surrounds and bridge to courtyard (1323700)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 21 September 2019.
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  13. ^ Historic England. "Devon County Hall (1323701)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
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  18. ^ Historic England. "The Shire Hall, Westgate Street, Gloucester (1245084)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  19. ^ "Inside City Hall" Retrieved 2010-03-01 Archived 4 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine
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  21. ^ Historic England. "County Hall Including Terraces and Fountain, Hertford (1268807)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  22. ^ Historic England. "The Old Sessions House, Maistone (1086392)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 8 September 2019.
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  25. ^ Historic England. "House front incorporated in Lincolnshire County Council Offices (1388719)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  26. ^ Historic England. "Middlesex Guildhall (1226369)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 17 September 2009.
  27. ^ "Distinguished doctor who lived in fine style". Norwich Evening News. 18 August 2004. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  28. ^ Historic England. "County Hall, Northampton (1039665)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  29. ^ "Northumberland County Council to spend £17m on HQ revamp". Hexham Courant. 25 January 2018. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  30. ^ Historic England. "County Hall, Northallerton (1150967)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  31. ^ "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.
  32. ^ Historic England. "County hall with the curving screen walls and turretts on either side (1047201)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  33. ^ Historic England. "A Block County Hall and Entrance Forecourt and Pavements, Taunton (1246219)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  34. ^ Historic England. "County Buildings and Judges House, Stafford (1298178)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  35. ^ "Endeavour House". Building.co.uk. 28 May 2004. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  36. ^ Historic England. "Surrey County Hall, Kingston upon Thames (1184834)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  37. ^ "Former Jesmond offices to be turned into 15-storey apartment block for city living". Chronicle Live. 21 December 2017. Retrieved 31 August 2019.
  38. ^ Historic England. "Warwickshire County Council officers and former county gaol (1364827)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  39. ^ "Chichester Conservation Area Character Appraisal" (PDF). Chichester District Council. 2016. p. 22. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  40. ^ Historic England. "County Hall, Wakefield (Offices of West Yorkshire County Council) (1242349)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  41. ^ "Wiltshire County Hall, Trowbridge". The Building Centre. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  42. ^ "Directions to County Hall". Worcestershire County Council. Retrieved 13 August 2019.