Walsall Town Hall

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Walsall Town Hall
Entrance to Walsall Town Hall - geograph.org.uk - 934551.jpg
The main entrance in 2008
General information
Type Town Hall
Architectural style Baroque
Address Lichfield Street
Town or city Walsall
Country Walsall, England
Coordinates 52°35′09″N 1°58′49″W / 52.58574°N 1.98033°W / 52.58574; -1.98033Coordinates: 52°35′09″N 1°58′49″W / 52.58574°N 1.98033°W / 52.58574; -1.98033
Opened 1902 (1902)
Owner Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council
Design and construction
Architect James Glen Sivewright Gibson
Designations Grade II listed

Walsall Town Hall is a grade II listed building[1] located in Walsall, England. The town hall, which opened in 1902, is used for a variety of functions including wedding receptions and concerts.[2]

Its Baroque style design is by the architect James Glen Sivewright Gibson.[1] It has a facade of sandstone ashlar[1] and adjoins Walsall Council House.[1]

Bands that performed at the Walsall Town Hall in the 1960s and 1970s include Slade, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath.[3]

In the theatre are a matched pair of pictures by Frank O. Salisbury. They were commissioned by Joseph Leckie "to commemorate the never to be forgotten valour of the South Staffordshire Regiments in the Great War 1914 - 1918" and completed in 1920. One shows "the First South Staffordshires attacking the Hohenzollern Redoubt", the other "the 5th South Staffords storming the St. Quentin Canal at Bellingtise Sept 29th 1918".[4]

Also inside the building are a memorial to organist and composer Charles Swinnerton Heap, sculpted by Albert Toft, and a 2009 memorial plaque to Walsall's three recipients of the Victoria Cross, John Henry Carless, James Thompson and Charles George Bonner.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Town Hall, Walsall". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Town Halls". Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council. 2013-07-24. Retrieved 2013-08-11. 
  3. ^ "Raising the musical roof in Walsall". Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council. 2012-11-23. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  4. ^ Mabbett, Andy (2002). "War memorials". Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council. Retrieved 16 July 2011. 
  5. ^ Lloyd, Matt (30 December 2009). "Black Country Victoria Cross winners are honoured". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 31 December 2009. 

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