Oxford Town Hall

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Oxford Town Hall
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View from the southwest
Oxford Town Hall is located in Oxford city centre
Oxford Town Hall
Location within Oxford city centre
General information
Type Town hall, museum, former library and police station
Architectural style Jacobethan
Location St Aldate's, Oxford
Coordinates 51°45′06″N 1°15′25″W / 51.7516°N 1.2569°W / 51.7516; -1.2569
Construction started 1893
Completed 1897
Renovated Main Hall repainted in 2015
Owner Oxford City Council
Design and construction
Architect Henry Hare
Designations Listed Grade II*

Oxford Town Hall is a Grade II* listed building, opened by the then Prince of Wales in 1897 and located in St Aldate's Street the heart of Oxford, England.[1]. It is used a venue for meetings and events [2]. It is also home to the Museum of Oxford and the administrative base of Oxford City Council where important decisions about the city are made. Oxford is a city with its own charter, but the building is always called the "town hall".


Oxford's Guildhall was built on the site in 1292. It was replaced by the first Town Hall in 1752, designed by Isaac Ware. In 1891, an architectural design competition was held for a new building on the same site. The local architect Henry Hare won with a Jacobethan design. The 1752 building was demolished in 1893 and the current building was completed in 1897.

The new building originally housed the public library and police station as well as the city council. During the First World War, the building was converted into the Town Hall section of the 3rd Southern General Hospital. From 1916, it specialised in treating soldiers suffering from malaria.[3] In 1936 Oxford City Police moved to a new police station further down St Aldate's. The central public library is now in the Westgate Centre in Queen Street.

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  1. ^ Hibbert 1988, pp. 454–455.
  2. ^ http://www.oxfordtownhall.co.uk.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "Third Southern General Hospital in Oxford in World War I". www.oxfordhistory.org.uk. Retrieved 2015-11-10. 

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Coordinates: 51°45′6″N 1°15′26″W / 51.75167°N 1.25722°W / 51.75167; -1.25722