Croydon Town Hall

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Croydon Town Hall
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Croydon Town Hall
LocationKatharine Street, Croydon
Coordinates51°22′20″N 0°05′56″W / 51.37223°N 0.09896°W / 51.37223; -0.09896Coordinates: 51°22′20″N 0°05′56″W / 51.37223°N 0.09896°W / 51.37223; -0.09896
Built1896
ArchitectCharles Henman
Architectural style(s)Victorian style
Listed Building – Grade II
Designated19 November 1973
Reference no.1188798
Croydon Town Hall is located in London Borough of Croydon
Croydon Town Hall
Shown in Croydon

Croydon Town Hall is a council building serving as headquarters for Croydon London Borough Council.[1] It is a Grade II listed building.[2]

History[edit]

Croydon has had three town hall buildings in its history. The first was built in either 1566 or 1609,[1] and pulled down in 1807.[3] A replacement was built on the High Street in 1808[3] to a plan by Samuel Pepys Cockerell,[4] and was demolished as part of the town's High Street widening scheme in the 1880s.[5]

The third town hall building was previously the site of Central Croydon railway station, which was redeveloped for council use in 1895, as part of a plan to install "Municipal Offices, Courts, a Police Station, Library and many other public purposes and yet leave a considerable margin of land which might be disposed of".[1] The building, which was designed by Charles Henman in the Victorian style and built in red brick by Messrs. W.H. Lascelles & Co, was opened by the Prince of Wales (afterwards Edward VII) in 1896.[1]

A statue of Queen Victoria outside the town hall, which was sculpted by Francis John Williamson, was erected in 1903.[6]

It was established as the headquarters of the County Borough of Croydon and went to become the headquarters of the enlarged London Borough of Croydon on its formation in 1965.[7]

The building has been extensively renovated since the mid-1980s,[1] and connects to Croydon Clocktower and the David Lean Cinema (which is in the clocktower).[8]

The council secured additional space for its staff nearby in Taberner House in 1967[9] and in Bernard Weatherill House from 2013.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Town Hall". 8 April 2014. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  2. ^ Historic England. "Municipal Buildings, comprising the clock tower, public library, and Corn Exchange, and including the area balustrade which incorporates a war memorial and a statue of Queen Victoria (1188798)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  3. ^ a b Brayley, Edward Wedlake; Britton, John (17 September 2017). "A topographical history of Surrey, by E.W. Brayley assisted by J. Britton and E.W. Brayley, jun. The geological section by G. Mantell" – via Google Books.
  4. ^ Anderson, John Corbet (17 September 1882). A Short Chronicle Concerning the Parish of Croydon in the County of Surrey. Ballantyne, Hanson and Company – via Internet Archive. croydon town hall.
  5. ^ "London's Town Halls". Historic England. p. 42. Retrieved 25 April 2020.
  6. ^ "Statue: Queen Victoria statue - Croydon". London Remembers. Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  7. ^ "Local Government Act 1963". Legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 25 April 2020.
  8. ^ "David Lean Cinema returns to Croydon Clocktower Auditorium". East London Lines. Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  9. ^ "Taberner House, London". Skyscraper News. Retrieved 23 April 2020.
  10. ^ "Bernard Weatherill House". Open House London. Retrieved 23 April 2020.

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