Swansea Guildhall

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General information
LocationWales Swansea, Wales
AddressSwansea SA1 4PE
Coordinates51°36′51.00″N 3°57′37.00″W / 51.6141667°N 3.9602778°W / 51.6141667; -3.9602778
Construction started1930
Inaugurated23 October 1934
OwnerCity and County of Swansea Council
Height48 metres (clock tower)
Design and construction
ArchitectSir Percy Thomas
Main contractorMessrs. E Turner & Sons Ltd

The Guildhall is one of the main office buildings of the City and County of Swansea Council, designed by Percy Thomas and opened in 1934.

The council chamber

Before local government re-organisation in 1996 it was the headquarters for the former Swansea City Council. The Guildhall complex comprises the City Hall, Brangwyn Hall (concert hall) and the County Law Courts for Swansea. The Swansea Crown Court is now located in a building immediately opposite the Guildhall.

It was designed by architect Percy Thomas (who was later knighted, becoming Sir Percy Thomas in 1946) and built on what was once part of Victoria Park. Construction began in 1930 and was completed in 1934, and the building was formally opened on 23 October of that year. At that time it was a somewhat controversial building, being representative of the modern movement in architecture, and was described as having a 'stripped classical' style. The building is finished in white Portland stone, and includes a tall art deco clock-tower, making it a landmark. Part of the clock-tower design features the prow of a Viking longboat, a reminder of Sweyn Forkbeard, thought to be the founder of Swansea.[1]

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  1. ^ Frith Book Company Ltd., ed. (2007-07-26). Swansea Pocket Album. Frith Book Company Ltd. ISBN 1-85937-717-3.

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