Old Town Hall, Burslem
|Old Town Hall|
The portico at the west end
|Status||Grade II* listed|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||G. T. Robinson|
The building, in classical style, predominantly has Greek Revival features. Above the ground floor, there are paired Corinthian pilasters for the height of the upper storey, above which is a cornice surmounted by acroteria. At the west end there is a projecting portico with arched entrances, above which are Corinthian columns; above these, caryatids support an octagonal clock turret and a gilded angel finial.
Later uses of the building
From 2003 the building housed Ceramica, a visitor centre showing the artistic and industrial heritage of the Potteries. The project was funded by the Millenium Commission. Part of the budget had to be spent in dealing with dry rot found in the building. The exhibition attracted fewer visitors than anticipated, and after Stoke-on-Trent City Council withdrew funding for day-to-day running, it closed in March 2011.
The building remained empty until 2015, when the modern extension built as part of the Ceramica exhibition was demolished and the Old Town Hall was converted into a sixth form college of Haywood Academy, a project sponsored by Steelite International.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Old Town Hall.|
- Old Town Hall (Burslem Recreation Centre) Historic England. Listing dated 15 March 1993. Retrieved 23 October 2018.
- "Burslem: Buildings, manors and estates", in A History of the County of Stafford: Volume 8, edited by J G Jenkins (London, 1963), pp. 105–121 British History Online. Retrieved 23 October 2018.
- Ceramica, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent thepotteries.org. Retrieved 23 October 2018.
- Work begins on Burslem Old Town Hall City College, 14 May 2015. Retrieved 23 October 2018.