Leamington Spa Town Hall

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The Town Hall in May 2019

Leamington Spa Town Hall is located in the settlement of the same name, Warwickshire, England. The current hall, found on The Parade, was opened in 1884 and has two main rooms, the council chamber used by Warwick District Council and a 250 capacity assembly room.[1] Originally the plan was to build it next to the Royal Pump Rooms and the adjacent gardens, however the site eventually chosen was next to The Regent Hotel. A house called Denby Villa was purchased for £10,000 and demolished to make room. Construction was overseen by architect John Cundall and builder John Fell for a price of £14,000. It is constructed of Pinkish-red brick with sandstone ashlar dressings with a Welsh slate roof, partly fish-scaled. Tudor and French baroque elements are present. It was Grade II listed on 18 August 1980.[2]

Two of its most notable features is its clock tower on the southern end of the building and the statue of Queen Victoria outside it. The statue, designed by Albert Toft, was erected in 1902 and cost £1,500 to create, and was allegedly moved slightly by a German bomb during The Blitz in 1940. The 44 metre tall clock tower,[3] illuminated at night, has been home to a breeding pair of Peregrine Falcons and their chicks every summer since 2017.

The former town hall.

The current hall replaced a smaller hall found on High Street which was built in 1830. At a cost of £1,900 it was constructed on land owned by The Earl of Aylesford and the Wise family. After 1884 it was used as a police station and currently a Polish community centre.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Town Hall". warwickdc.gov.uk.
  2. ^ "Town Hall". britishlistedbuildings.co.uk.
  3. ^ "Town Hall". historicengland.org.uk.
  4. ^ "Leamington Town Halls". leamingtonhistory.co.uk.