Plymouth Guildhall

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Plymouth Guildhall
Plymouth Guildhall.jpg
LocationPlymouth, Devon
Coordinates50°22′11″N 4°08′29″W / 50.369791°N 4.141469°W / 50.369791; -4.141469Coordinates: 50°22′11″N 4°08′29″W / 50.369791°N 4.141469°W / 50.369791; -4.141469
ArchitectNorman and Hine
Architectural style(s)Gothic Revival style
Listed Building – Grade II
Designated1 May 1975
Reference no.1113280
Plymouth Guildhall is located in Devon
Plymouth Guildhall
Location of Plymouth Guildhall in Devon

Plymouth Guildhall is located on Guildhall Square in the city centre of Plymouth, Devon, England. It is a Grade II listed building.[1]


The building, which was designed by Norman and Hine of Plymouth with artistic direction by Edward William Godwin in the Gothic Revival style, was built between 1870 and 1874.[1] The Guildhall and the surrounding buildings were reduced to shells during the Plymouth Blitz of the Second World War.[1] Paton Watson and Patrick Abercombie envisaged a Beaux Arts city which would have involved the demolition of the Guildhall: their proposal was rejected by one council vote in 1951.[1] The restoration of the Guildhall, which involved a new roof, entrances and interior, was undertaken between 1951 and 1959.[1]


Plymouth Guildhall is currently a multi-purpose venue, hosting a range of events throughout the year including graduations, award ceremonies, weddings and civil ceremonies.[2] Fourteen stained glass windows line the sides of the hall and depict notable moments in Plymouth’s history.[3] A large tapestry hangs at the front and depicts the 'Miraculous Drought of Fishes'.[3] It has hosted many famous performers including Status Quo, Queen and Julian Lloyd Webber.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e Historic England. "Guildhall including Great Hall, Assize Courts and former City Treasury, City of Plymouth (1113280)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  2. ^ "Plymouth Guildhall". Retrieved 2018-12-01.
  3. ^ a b "Celebrate, Share, Love Your Guildhall" (PDF). Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  4. ^ "The Great Hall". Retrieved 26 August 2019.